More than a million NHS staff will receive infection control training to help in the fight against the MRSA super bug, the new chief nursing officer Chris Beasley announced today.
All staff covered by the new NHS pay scheme Agenda for Change – including nurses, porters, cleaners and healthcare assistants – must show that they are able to reduce the risk of healthcare-associated infections, including MRSA.
Beasley said that tackling hospital-acquired infections was his top priority.
“Personal development plans will give staff and managers an opportunity to identify how to raise standards of cleanliness,” he said. “Agenda for Change will not just be good for nurses’ pay and careers, but it will also be another weapon against the number one concern for patients.”