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4. Associated policies & procedures This policy should be read in accordance with the following Trust policies, procedures and guidance: • • • • • • • • • • • • •

Infection Control Policy Waste Management Guidelines Hand Decontamination Policy Incident Reporting Policy Disciplinary Policy and Procedures Diversity and Equal Opportunities in Employment Policy Health and Safety at Work Policy Moving and Handling Policy Aseptic technique policy Dress code policy for clinical staff Decontamination of reusable medical devices Isolation Policy Major incident plan

5. Aims and objectives The aims and objectives of this policy are to ensure that outbreaks of communicable infections are: • • •

identified immediately managed in order to contain and prevent further spread to other susceptible persons/areas and avoid reoccurrence of the infection that all staff members involved in an outbreak will have a clear understanding of their roles, procedures and responsibilities

6. Scope of the policy This Policy must be followed by all NHS Kirklees employees who are developing policy and procedural documents or developing guidance for colleagues. It must be followed by all staff who work for NHS Kirklees, including those on temporary or honorary contracts, bank staff and students. Breaches of this policy may lead to disciplinary action being taken against the individual. Independent Contractors are responsible for the development and management of their own procedural documents and for ensuring compliance with relevant legislation and best practice guidelines. Independent Contractors are encouraged to seek advice and support as required. 7. Accountabilities and responsibilities The Chief Executive (CE) is accountable for ensuring that effective arrangements for the management of outbreaks are in place within NHS Kirklees. 5