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Infection Control Annual Statement 2018

Chawton House Surgery

Infection Control Annual Statement

Purpose

This annual statement will be generated each year in December in accordance with the requirements of The Health and Social Care Act 2008 Code of Practice on the prevention and control of infections and related guidance. 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 staff training
  • Any review and update of policies, procedures and guidelines

 

Infection Prevention and Control (IPC) Lead

Chawton House Surgery 2 Leads for Infection Prevention and Control: Dr Ed Reeves (GP Partner) and Linda Read (Practice nurse).

Linda Read has attended an IPC Lead training course in March 2017 and keeps updated on infection prevention practice.

Dr Edward Reeves and Linda Read attended Infection Control Leads Forum on 15th March 2018.

 

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 in the bimonthly partner meetings and learning is cascaded to all relevant staff.

In the past year there have been no significant events raised that related to infection control.

Infection Prevention Audit and Actions

The Annual Infection Prevention and Control audit was completed by Vivienne O’Connor in October 2017.

As a result of the audit, the following things have been changed in Chawton House Surgery:

  • New electronic soap dispensers in all rooms, with single use cartridges
  • Full review of domestic cleaning schedule and facilities
  • Implementation of latest recommendations on clinical and non-clinical waste disposal procedures

 

An audit on Minor Surgery was undertaken by Dr E Reeves in November 2017.

No infections were reported for patients who had had minor surgery at the Surgery.

As a result of the audit, no changes in procedures were deemed necessary.

The Chawton House Surgery plan to undertake the following audits in 2018:

  • Annual Infection Prevention and Control audit
  • Minor Surgery outcomes audit
  • Domestic Cleaning audit
  • Hand hygiene 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 Assessment: The practice has conducted/reviewed 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 of our staff 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.

Other examples:

Curtains: The NHS Cleaning Specifications state the curtains should be cleaned or if using disposable curtains, replaced every 6 months. To this effect we use disposable curtains and ensure they are changed every 6 months. The window blinds are very low risk and therefore do not require a particular cleaning regime other than regular vacuuming to prevent build-up of dust. The modesty curtains although handled by clinicians are never handled by patients and clinicians have been reminded to always remove gloves and clean hands after an examination and before touching the curtains. All curtains are regularly reviewed and changed if visibly soiled.

Toys: NHS Cleaning Specifications recommend that all toys are cleaned regularly and we therefore provide only wipeable toys in waiting / consultation rooms.

Cleaning specifications, frequencies and cleanliness: We have added a cleaning specification and frequency policy poster in the waiting room to inform our patients of what they can expect in the way of cleanliness. We also have a cleaning specification and frequency policy which our cleaners and staff work to. An assessment of cleanliness is conducted by the cleaning team and logged. This includes all aspects in the surgery including cleanliness of equipment.

Hand washing sinks: The practice has clinical hand washing sinks in every room for staff to use. Some of our sinks do not meet the latest standards for sinks but we have removed plugs, covered overflows and reminded staff to turn of taps that are not ‘hands free’ with paper towels to keep patients safe. We have also replaced our liquid soap with wall mounted soap dispensers to ensure cleanliness.

 

Training

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

Clinical Staff undertook Level 2 Infection Prevention and Control training on 19/1/18 delivered by IPC Nurse Lead, Linda Read. The training was delivered using a training presentation developed by IPC Leads, Linda Read and Dr Edward Reeves, based on resources from West Hampshire CCG.

Non-Clinical Staff undertook Level 1 Infection Prevention and Control training on 19/1/18 delivered by IPC Nurse Lead, Linda Read. The training was delivered using a training presentation developed by IPC Leads, Linda Read and Dr Edward Reeves, based on resources from West Hampshire CCG.

Linda Read has undertaken specialist training in Infection Control on 9th March 2017.

Dr Edward Reeves and Linda Read attended Infection Control Leads Forum on 15th March 2018.

Dr Edward Reeves attended Minor Surgery Update course on 6th March 2018.

 

Policies

All Infection Prevention and Control related policies are in date for this year.

Policies relating to Infection Prevention and Control are available to all staff and are reviewed and updated bi-annually, and all are amended on an on-going basis as current advice, guidance and legislation changes. Infection Control policies are circulated amongst staff for reading and discussed at meetings on an annual basis.

 

Responsibility

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

Review date

1/12/18

 

Responsibility for Review

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

For and on behalf of Chawton House Surgery

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