Decision details

Infection Prevention Control Service

Decision Maker: Director of Public Health

Decision status: Recommendations Approved

Is Key decision?: Yes

Is subject to call in?: Yes


To seek approval for the development of a new contract and legal framework for the Infection Prevention Control Service


To proceed with the development of a new contract and legal framework for the community
Infection Prevention and Control (IPC) Service.

Reasons for the decision:

The current contract has not undergone significant review since 2009 and the current service specification has also not been updated since 2018. The COVID-19 pandemic has highlighted additional IPC needs, including the need for greater flexibility to tackle acute issues, which should be considered in order to ensure that specialist IPC for North Yorkshire is robust in the face of future outbreaks and pandemics. The decision was made in consultation with the Executive Member and Corporate Director.

Alternative options considered:

The alternatives would either be to carry on with the existing service with no changes, or to do a light-touch review of the service specification only. Neither of these options was considered adequate in terms of addressing the issues identified.

Publication date: 06/11/2023

Date of decision: 03/11/2023

Effective from: 11/11/2023

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