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CARE Home managers and staff learnt about advancing infection control in their homes at a special conference accredited by the Royal College of Nursing.

The event - the first ever held in Essex for private care homes - was organised by Dr Jamsheed Khan, chairman of Havering Care Association with the Health Protection Agency, NHS Havering and Queen’s Hospital.

It took place earlier this month at The City Pavilion, in Romford, and was attended by around 90 representatives from care homes in Havering, Barking and Dagenham, Redbridge, and Southend.

Expert speakers gave advice on how to control and prevent the spread of infections such as Clostridium Difficile, MRSA and the Norovirus as part of new guidance issued by the HPA which homes need to comply with to be registered with the Care Quality Commission.

Homes will be inspected on new standards of quality and safety pertaining to infection control as part of their registration.

Dr Khan said: “The HPA said it is not always possible to get information out to all care homes across the sector so to have such a link like this is fantastic. This is a great achievement for the Havering Care Association to be involved in.”

Councillor Gillian Ford also attended on behalf of Havering Council to offer support in the infection control initiative.