Infection Control and Hospital Hygiene

Establish, supervise and evaluate infection prevention and control (IPC) procedures to prevent patients and health workers from healthcare-associated infections (HAIs) and combat antimicrobial resistance (AMR) towards improved health outcomes of individuals and communities



Competency Area

Healthcare Services


Comprehends infection control parameters and interventions

Recognizes healthcare-associated infections (HAIs) as crucial aspect of patient safety and linkage with healthcare quality management practices

Understands infection control practices in relation to risk and crisis management concepts and methods (rapid reporting, systematic analysis etc.)

Describes infection control procedures and interventions in different healthcare services settings

Identifies stakeholders and information on regulations

Assists HCWs and supervisory officials in evaluating the infection control aspects of quality and patient safety programmes and identifies barriers to compliance with procedures

Identifies roles and responsibilities of internal and external stakeholders (IPC committee) in the infection control programme and develops IPC priorities based on organizational, informational and ethical standards as per existing quality of care and patient safety vision

Documents information regarding Infection Prevention and Control (IPC) policies and procedures, regulations, guidelines, SOPs, strategic plans, monitoring and evaluation strategies etc

Develop an IPC action plan towards preparedness and response planning for infectious disease emergencies at the facility, community and regional level with timeframes, responsibilities and financial requirements

Establishes procedures and oversees implementation

Illustrates hand hygiene multimodal improvement strategy and campaign in the community and facility context

Conducts audits of healthcare practices related to infection control in clinical areas and Proposes suitable indicators in relation to the control of healthcare-associated infections (HAIs) in alignment with quality assurance, risk and crisis management guidelines

Formulates a suitable strategy for internal as well as external communications on infection control findings (such as coordination with microbiology department on identification of infectious agent)

Streamlines coordination with regional health authorities to promote periodic exchange of information for outbreak monitoring and research activities

Prioritizes and Partners for IPC standards setting

Encourages use of effective communication approaches to facilitate multidisciplinary interactions with internal as well as external stakeholders

Evaluates IPC training resource strategies and plans for different target groups

Monitors process and outcome IPC indicators at the facility/regional level to assess the quality and quantity of IPC equipments, signage, supplies (such as medical devices, disinfectants etc.)

Partners with risk management and quality improvement teams to identify adverse events and associated risks