INFECTION CONTROL

Infection Control Statement - January 2020

It is a requirement of the Health and Social Care Act 2008 Code of Practice on the prevention and control of infections and related guidance that the Infection Prevention and Control Lead produces and annual statement with regard to Compliance with good practice on infection prevention and control.

It summarises:-

  • Any infection transmission incidents and any action taken (these will have been reported in accordance with our Significant Event Procedure).
  • Details of any infection control audits undertaken and actions undertaken.
  • Details of any risk assessments undertaken for prevention and control of infection.
  • Details of any staff training.
  • Any review and update of policies, procedures and guidelines.

 

Infection Transmission Incidents (Significant Events)

Significant events (which may involve examples of good practice as well as challenging events) are investigated in detail to see what can be learnt and to indicate changes that might lead to future improvements.  All significant events are reviewed and learning is cascaded to all relevant staff.  They are logged on our Intranet (TeamNet) and discussed at the practice.

There have been no infection control incidents in the past 12 months which have resulted in a Significant Event Analysis at Langport Surgery, however following discussion we have decided to:

  • Continue to provide annual infection control updates for both clinical and non-clinical staff.
  • Ensure infection control guidance remains accessible to all staff via TeamNet.
  • Training is logged on TeamNet.

 

Infection Prevention Audits and Actions

The Annual Infection Prevention and Control audit was completed by Lucy Price, (Lead Nurse and Infection Control Lead) in December 2019

As a result of the audit the following things have been changed:

  • Chair replacement in Room A
  • Nurses cupboard organised

The Practice plan to undertake the following audits in 2020:

  • Annual Infection Prevention and Control audit

 

Risk Assessments

Risk assessments are carried out so that best practice can be established and then followed.  In the last year the following risk assessments were carried out/reviewed.

  • Legionella (Water) Risk Assessments: The practice reviews its water safety risk assessment to ensure that the water supply does not pose a risk to patients, visitors or staff.
  • Immunisation: As a practice we ensure that all our staff members are up to date with their Hepatitis B immunisations and offered any occupational health vaccinations applicable to their role (i.e. MMR, Seasonal Flu). We take part in the National Immunisation campaigns for patients and offer vaccinations in house and via home visits to our patient population.

 

Training

All our staff members receive annual training in infection prevention and control.

Members of staff either attend an annual Infection Control Update or complete an e-learning update.

 

Policies

All Infection Prevention Control related policies are in date and have been reviewed.

Policies relating to Infection Control are available to all staff and are reviewed and updated regularly, and all are amended on an on-going basis as current advice, guidance and legislation changes.  Infection Control policies are available on TeamNet for all staff to read.

 

Responsibility

It is the responsibility of each individual to be familiar with this Statement and their roles and responsibilities under this.

 

Review Date

January 2021

 

Responsibility for Review

The Infection Prevention and Control Lead and the Operations Manager are responsible for reviewing and producing the Annual Statement.

Charlotte Norris (Operations Manager)

Lucy Price (Lead Practice Nurse)

For and on behalf of Langport Surgery

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