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Leadership and management for infection prevention and control: what do we have and what do we need?

Gould, Dinah ORCID:, Gallagher, R. and Allen, Davina Ann ORCID: 2016. Leadership and management for infection prevention and control: what do we have and what do we need? Journal of Hospital Infection 94 (2) , pp. 165-168. 10.1016/j.jhin.2016.07.005

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Leadership is widely considered to be vital for infection prevention and control (IPC).1 Its purpose is to maintain progress in the reduction of risks of healthcare-associated infections, especially those caused by antimicrobial-resistant organisms, and to achieve continuous quality improvement.2 However, given its importance, there is little rigorous research on effective leadership for IPC. While there is indirect evidence that IPC experts and clinicians working at the frontline of patient care can assume leadership, almost nothing has been written about IPC leadership at senior level. This situation is all the more surprising given international interest in the senior managerial model of IPC adopted throughout the National Health Service (NHS) in England, and claims that ‘top down’ intervention for IPC is effective.1 and 2 The terms ‘management’ and ‘leadership’ are often used interchangeably in relation to the organization and delivery of health care. Greater conceptual clarity could prompt consideration of what is needed for IPC.

Item Type: Article
Date Type: Publication
Status: Published
Schools: Healthcare Sciences
Subjects: R Medicine > RA Public aspects of medicine
Publisher: Elsevier
ISSN: 0195-6701
Date of First Compliant Deposit: 11 August 2016
Date of Acceptance: 12 July 2016
Last Modified: 02 May 2023 18:46

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