Infection prevention and control in adult social care settings

Infection prevention and control (IPC) principles for adult social care settings in England, to be used with guidance on managing specific infections.

Applies to England



This document sets out general IPC principles to be used in combination with guidance on managing specific infections – see the acute respiratory infection guidance.

It is for people responsible for setting and maintaining standards of IPC within adult social care in England, such as care managers.

Updates to this page

Published 31 March 2022
Last updated 1 March 2024 + show all updates
  1. Updated broken links in both guidance documents.

  2. Updated to link to acute respiratory infection guidance, which has superseded the COVID-19 supplement.

  3. First published.

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