On 26 March 2010, the DH launched a consultation on The Health and Social Care Act 2008. The draft Code of Practice and supporting guidance will help providers of healthcare, including primary care and adult social care, to plan and implement how they prevent and control healthcare associated infections. The Code sets out criteria that the Care Quality Commission will use to assess compliance with the registration requirement. Unlike the existing Code of Practice, which came into force on 16 December 2009, the new Code will extend the Care Quality Commission’s ambit to primary care and independent ambulance services.

To take part, or to view the consultation, go to: http://www.dh.gov.uk/en/Consultations/Liveconsultations/DH_114736.