Infection Prevention and Control Community of Practice

Preventing and controlling infection is a fundamental component of good care, essential to patient, visitor and staff safety and wellbeing.

We support leaders on infection control in hospices

"Infection prevention and control is more than dealing with C.diff and MRSA - it is a core element of practice, intrinsic to high quality patient care."
Rick Catlin, Assistant Director of Infection Prevention and Control, Bolton NHS Foundation Trust

In June 2016 we decided to change the title of the group from an ‘Interest Group’ to a ‘Community of Practice‘ (CoP). In principle there is no change to the essence of the group's purpose but the concept of a ‘Community of Practice' as defined by Wenger (1998) better reflects the members' intentions and aspirations of why we meet and how we can support one another. Download more information about what a community of practice is.

The need

Delivering infection prevention and control (IPC) can be challenging – keeping up to speed with latest research, policies and EU directives and how they impact on the hospice environment.

We want to engage with the leaders on infection control in our member organisations to support you in your role where we can.

The group's four key priorities are:

  • providing training and updates on topical and relevant IPC issues
  • providing support and advice to IPC leads
  • developing e-learning resources
  • building a hospice IPC community by offering peer learning and advice.

Our work

We plan to:

  • facilitate two meetings a year, enabling you to meet, network and hear information on the key issues in infection prevention and control
  • provide links to key policy documents to help in your role
  • provide useful links to other sites to assist with practice development
  • offer a question and answer service
  • share policies and ideas.

Join the Infection, Prevention and Control Community of Practice to receive updates on webinars, a bi-monthly bulletin and key communications. 


We usually hold meetings at Hospice House twice a year. There is no charge to attend the meeting. Details of the meetings are sent approximately two weeks prior to the meeting. 

Thank you to all who attended the 10 December 2020 webinar supporting your network with a focus for discussion on the latest COVID-19 IPC guidelines and the national Standard Infection Control Precautions (SICPs). Full resources are available from the 'past meetings' link below.

Thank you to all who attended the 18 August 2020 community focused network webinar. We were pleased to welcome presenters Rachael Skates, Senior Infection Control Practitioner, Sussex Community NHS Foundation Trust and Siobhan O’Shea from North London Hospice and to see such engagement. Full resources are available from the 'past meetings' link below.

Spring 2020 meeting - video webinar 

We were delighted to host a successful video webinar on 3 April 2020 for your Spring Community of Practice event, led by Chair Rick Catlin. Topic: Coronavirus (Covid-19) 

We achieved comprehensive attendance and an informative, highly topical discussion.

Please do visit our past meetings page to see resources from the webinar.

Meeting summaries and presentations

Details of past meetings – including presentations and resources – and dates for future meetings are available here.

Meet the team  

Rick Catlin

Rick Catlin, Assistant Director of Infection Prevention and Control, Bolton NHS Foundation Trust leads the agenda for the group. Rick has a long standing interest and extensive experience in IPC as well as substantial experience of working in hospice care. He is ideally placed to provide expert advice and guidance and we are delighted he can.

Dawn Hart

Dawn Hart, Senior Clinical and Quality Improvement Lead, Clinical, Hospice UK, leads the Network and facilitates meetings and webinars.

Stuart Duncan

The administrator for this group, Stuart arranges meetings and disseminates information. He works for Hospice UK as the Clinical Team Administrator.

Get involved

We have over 160 infection control leads on our database. Contact us if you would like to be included in our mailing or you have any questions relating to infection prevention and control.

Coronavirus (Covid 19)

We are providing the following links for information: The government response on the GOV.UK website
The Public Heath England advice on the GOV.UK website
The latest NHS England Tripartite letters
The advice on the Health Protection Scotland website
Guidance on the Northern Ireland HSC Public Health Agency website

What does hospice care mean to you?

Help us support hospice care by donating
Donate by phone
Donate online
Donate by post

© Copyright Hospice UK 2021 - all rights reserved

Company limited by guarantee. Registered in England and Wales No. 2751549. Charity registered in England and Wales No. 1014851, and in Scotland No. SC041112.

VAT No 731 304476.

National Voices