Published on: 18 October 2018

That's why infection prevention and control was top of the agenda at a health conference taking place in Sunderland recently.

Over a hundred care workers working across Wearside and South Tyneside gathered to learn more about infection prevention and control.

Care workers were invited to attend the conference to learn more about how they can prevent and control outbreaks of flu, diarrhoea and vomiting within care homes.

Delegates heard from speakers from Public Health England, NHS Sunderland Clinical Commissioning Group, NHS South Tyneside Clinical Commissioning Group and South Tyneside and Sunderland Healthcare Group.

The event covered topics like; hand hygiene, hydration, management of outbreaks, preventing infections and Care Quality Commission inspections.

Ann Fox, director of nursing, quality and safety at NHS Sunderland Clinical Commissioning Group and visiting professor at the University of Sunderland, said: “The flu virus and norovirus are both common causes of outbreaks in care homes and with people sharing the same living space outbreaks could happen easily.

“Prevention, early detection and good management will not only help to limit the number of people who get sick it can also limit how sick they get.