PERFORMANCE: The trust is predicting 144 clostridium difficile cases by the end of the year - 60 over target.

There have been 84 cases to date.

Two stage testing was introduced to the trust in January 2011. As anticipated,the number of cases detected has increased.

To gain assurance that this increase is related to testing methodology a ready reckoner has been developed by the DH. Use of this tool has raised errors in the tool which are being discussed with the DH through SHAs.