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Catheters

Question for Department of Health and Social Care

UIN HL3587, tabled on 1 November 2021

To ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they are taking to improve the management of urinary catheters in (1) NHS hospitals, and (2) community care facilities.

Answered on

26 November 2021

In 2019, the National Health Service developed urinary catheter tools for hospitals, integrated care systems and community settings as part of the Antimicrobial Resistance (AMR) programme to ensure the effective and safe management of urinary catheters.

In addition, the AMR programme for 2021/2022 includes work to support integrated care systems to use RightCare data packs to plan and implement appropriate interventions. Developed in collaboration with the AMR programme, Public Health England and the NHS Business Services Authority, RightCare urinary tract infection data packs are personalised for each clinical commissioning group. The packs provide an opportunity for integrated care systems and trusts to assess and benchmark current systems to find opportunities to improve the management of urinary catheters in the relevant settings.