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National Infection Prevention and Control Manual

National Infection Prevention and Control Manual

Incidents and outbreaks

Supporting materials for Chapter 3

To further support the implementation of Chapter 3, additional resources have been developed.

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Reporting of Incidents and outbreaks and data exceedance

National Support Framework 2017

The National Support Framework is a structure that sets out the roles and responsibilities of organisations in the event that a healthcare infection outbreak/incident, data exceedance or Healthcare Environment Inspectorate (HEI) report deems additional support to an NHS Board is required. 

It may be invoked by the Scottish Government HAI/AMR Policy unit or by a NHS board to optimise patient safety during or following: any healthcare incident/outbreak(s)/data exceedance or HEI inspectorate visit/report.  This framework supersedes CNO algorithm 2015