Action to take
During an incident or outbreak the National Infection Prevention and Control Manual (NIPCM) should be followed. Further information on incidents and outbreaks can be found in Section 3 of the NIPCM.
Following detection or recognition of an incident the NHS board Infection Prevention and Control Team (IPCT) or Health Protection Team (HPT) will undertake an initial assessment, using the mandatory Healthcare Infection Incident Assessment Tool (HIIAT) (external weblink) and gather epidemiological data and clinical assessment information on the patients condition as per:
If the HIIAT is assessed as green and the NHS board does not ask for our support then this should be reported as per the mandatory HAI and AMR policy requirements (external link).
If support is required this should be communicated to us. Details of the HIIAT Green reporting procedure are available from the resources section of the NIPCM.
If amber or red
If the HIIAT is assessed amber or red then the NHS board will report this to us. A Healthcare Incident Infection and Outbreak Reporting Template (HIIORT) (external weblink) should be completed and sent to us.