Policy paper

Review of the infection prevention and control nurse workforce

Provides information on location, number, functions, skills and competences of the infection prevention and control (IPC) nursing workforce.



The report has found the following:

  • IPC nurses are situated in different organisations, which all have different remits and responsibilities
  • there is no uniformity in person specifications or core competencies for IPC nurses
  • there is no clear defined pathway into IPC nursing and there is no ‘set’ qualification
  • there is substantial variability in team structures and IPC service delivery models
  • it is difficult to count the number of IPC nurses within care homes since the IPC leads there are not necessarily IPC nurses
  • there is currently no formal national network for IPC nursing