Following extensive stakeholder consultation across the province of Nova Scotia, the Department of Health established the provincial centre for infection prevention and control in April 2009. Infection Prevention and Control Nova Scotia (IPCNS) is administered by the Department of Health and Wellness and reports under the Healthcare Quality, Safety and Wait Times Improvement Branch.
The mandate of IPCNS is:
To contribute to enhanced coordination, integration and consistency in infection prevention and control (IP&C) practice across health care provider organizations, as well as collaboration amongst other government departments and service providers. This is achieved primarily through:
- Facilitation and capacity-building with respect to IP&C needs of other sectors of the healthcare system ensuring a more integrated system;
- Development of best practice documents, regulations, provincial policies, and protocols to assist health care workers and practitioners in any setting to manage IP&C issues;
- Support the development of IP&C educational resources for healthcare facilities, community services, allied health care professionals, etc., and support the integration core IP&C competencies in the basic education and training programs for all health care disciplines;
- Monitoring, measuring, and evaluating infection prevention and control processes, indicator data and practice adherence in Nova Scotia