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We are fully committed to the prevention of Health Care-Associated Infections (HCAIs) and to ensuring compliance with the Health Act (2008) code of practice for the prevention and control of healthcare-associated infection (DH, 2008) across all commissioned and provided services.

Infection prevention and control is everyone’s responsibility and to support this approach, our Infection Prevention & Control (IP&C) Team work collaboratively with teams in each of the acute trusts and with general practitioners and primary care staff across the county. Advice and support is available to all healthcare staff including dentists, podiatrists, optometrists and other allied staff.

Patient and Public Involvement (PPI) is positively encouraged and the Somerset infection control team have actively participated in public awareness sessions and patient information forums. 

Commissioning expectations

NHS Somerset expects the services we commission to comply with specific regulations. In relation to Infection Prevention and Control the expectation is that services will be delivered as set out in The Health and Social Care Act 2008 Code of Practice on the prevention and control of infections and related guidance.

Contact Information

You can call the NHS Somerset Infection Prevention and Control Team on 01935 38 4077/5060 or send an email to the team 

Lisa Eastmead-Hoare, Lead Infection Prevention and Control Specialist Nurse Manager

Michelle Bell, Infection Prevention and Control Nurse for Care Homes and GP Practices

Julia Bloomfield, Infection Prevention and Control Nurse Specialist 

Lucy Champion, Infection Prevention and Control/Quality Improvement Nurse

Sarah Justice, Infection Control Administrator

Jo Roberts, Infection Control Administrator