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Healthcare Associated Infections Improvement Team

Volume 470: debated on Wednesday 23 January 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the budget for his Department’s Healthcare Associated Infections Improvement Team was in each of the last five financial years for which figures are available. (179123)

The budget for the healthcare associated infections improvement team is set out in the following table. The team was established as part of the Department’s methicillin resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA)/cleaner hospitals programme team in 2005, though it has only had a dedicated budget for the last two years. This is because, in its first year, the improvement team was an integral function of the broader MRSA cleaner hospitals programme team, which funded improvement activity as part of its generic role.

Budget (£)

2005-06

11,295,000

2006-07

2,780,000

2007-08

3,737,300

1 This figure relates to the Department’s budget allocation to the MRSA/Cleaner Hospitals Programme Team as a whole.

To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many staff were employed in his Department’s Healthcare Associated Infections Improvement Team in each of the last five financial years for which figures are available, broken down by payband. (179125)

The number of staff employed in the Department’s healthcare associated infections improvement team is set out in the following table. In the improvement team’s first two years, (between 2005-07), it was comprised entirely of staff seconded from national health service trusts, the NHS Business Services Authority and consultants. As such, departmental pay bands were not applicable. Last year, the team included one member of staff on the Department’s ‘fast stream’ pay band.

Staff employed in the healthcare associated infections improvement team

2005-06

34

2006-07

54

2007-08

124