Progress on major health conditions delivery plans »We remain committed to ensuring that quality improvement remains at the centre of our approach for the future of NHS Wales.
Taking Wales Forward
The First Minister of Wales announced his new Cabinet and Ministers as the Welsh Government begins its ambitious programme to build a united, connected and sustainable Wales.
- Statement by the First Minister of Wales: Moving Wales Forward
- Dr Frank Atherton appointed Wales’ new Chief Medical Officer
- Taking Wales Forward
- Consultation on Procurement Regulation in Wales
- National Outcomes Framework for Youth Work
- Proposed changes to Planning Policy Wales Chapter 6: The Historic Environment
- Building Regulations Sustainability Review
- Support for foundation years
- Support for postgraduate study and part-time engineering, technology or computer science degrees
Section highlightEnvironment (Wales) Act 2016
The act puts in place the legislation needed to plan and manage Wales’ natural resources in a more proactive, sustainable and joined-up way.
Assembly bills »
Bills that the Welsh Government will bring forward.Learn more »
Section highlightWelsh taxes: a conversation
Share your thoughts on a new Taxpayers’ Charter.
Final Budget 2016-17 »
The amount of funding allocated to Welsh Government Main Expenditure Groups (MEGs) for 2016-17 is £15bn.Learn more »
- Statistics & Research
Community associated infections – a community strategy for Wales
Community-acquired infection is any infection that a patient has when they come into hospital or occurs within the first 48 hours of admission.
What does the term community-acquired infection mean?
If the infection occurred within 48 hours of admission it is assumed that the patient was already incubating the infection, which they picked up in the community prior to admission. The 48 hour cut-off is somewhat arbitrary as infections have variable incubation periods.
Nevertheless, some standard definition is useful when considering likely sources of infection and 48 hours has remained the standard for many years.
What are we doing about community associated infections?
We know that healthcare associated infections don’t just exist in our hospitals. The Welsh Government has therefore developed a strategy for the organisations providing healthcare in the community.
The strategy aims to identify the actions and measures required to prevent patients, residents and members of staff from acquiring infections as a result of receiving care in our community healthcare facilities. The strategy focuses on devising and implementing:
- National standards for the prevention and control of infection
- Infrastructure and organisation
- Training and education
- Audit and surveillance
- Interventions and development of performance indicators
- Information technology and communication
- Occupational health.
For further information please contact: Health.Protection@Wales.gsi.gov.uk
Visit: Community Strategy website (external link)