Infection prevention and control

A lady cleaning the hospital floors with a machine Infection prevention and control is vital to the wellbeing of people who need care and support.

In order to receive safe and effective care, infection control and prevention must be part of everyday practice and be applied consistently by everyone.

For Care Quality Commission (CQC) regulated providers, ensuring the appropriate infection, prevention and control is provided helps comply with their expectations around national standards for induction.

We have resources to support you. 

We don’t deliver training but you can search our Endorsement Framework directory for courses delivered by recommended training providers.

Have you had your flu vaccination?
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Flu can be a serious illness, particularly for the elderly or those with other health conditions. Care workers are working with some of the most vulnerable people in our communities, so it’s important that they help protect themselves and those receiving care and support against flu.

NHS England will once again provide free flu vaccinations for social care staff, as well as health and care staff in the voluntary managed hospice sector, who provide direct patient care.

Download our information flyer here

NHS Employer’s flu fighter team has developed a range of resources to support flu vaccination campaigns in care settings. You can access these resources here.

For those based in London, there is now a website for social care staff to find their closest participating pharmacist for flu vaccination. There is also an option to request for a pop-up clinic for 10 or more staff requiring flu vaccination. Visit

Our Recommendations for CQC providers guide includes a section around induction related training, including further information about infection control training. It can help you to consider what you need to cover with care workers to effectively induct them.

This new induction applies across social care and health and is made up of 15 standards which make new members of staff ready to practice within their specific sector. Standard 15 focuses on infection, prevention and control.

We have materials to support you with the Care Certificate.

Learning and development should focus on the practical skills workers need to do their job but also keeping the values they need to put them in practice.

A key part of selecting the right learning package for your organisation is finding the right learning provider.

Find our endorsed providers

Our Endorsement Framework finds and badges learning providers who can show high quality learning and development to the social care sector.

You can search for our endorsed providers in our online directory.

Funding towards the cost of qualifications may be available from our Workforce Development Fund.