Infection Prevention & Control Statement
ANNUAL STATEMENT 2021-2022
GP LEAD – DR SHERYL KNIGHT
IPC LEAD FOR PRACTICE – HELEN SHAW (PRACTICE NURSE)
PREMISE LEAD – KATIE EDWARDS (PRACTICE MANAGER)
This annual statement will be generated every June and will summarise;
- Any infection transmission incidents and any action (these will be reported in accordance with our significant event procedure)
- Details of IPC audits undertaken and actions undertaken
- Details of 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.
There were no significant events relating to IPC in the previous 12 months.
INFECTION PREVENTION AUDITS
An annual hand hygiene audit was carried out in June on clinical staff with 100% compliance in correct technique.
Staff are aware of the importance of hand hygiene in reducing healthcare associated infections.
An aseptic technique was performed in June with all clinicians involved in this procedure with excellent results.
An infection Prevention Control Annual Audit was also carried out in June. Following this,
- infection and control related are now a recurring agenda item on Partner`s meetings.
- Some consulting rooms were found to have stock stored at floor level, this was the result of high levels of stock being ordered during the Covid 19 pandemic.
- Infection control responsibility has now been added to IPC lead nurse`s job description
Risk assessments are carried out so that best practice can be established and then followed. In the last year the following risk assessment were carried out/reviewed.
Legionella (Water) Risk Assessment
TSS Facilities Ltd, carried out legionella risk assessment every 2 years and perform a legionella test twice a year. Debby Bristow (deputy practice manager) monitors the water temperature monthy
Waste management audit had been carried out within the required 3 year time frame.
IPC ADVICE TO PATIENTS
All eligible patients have been invited for Flu vaccine (2020-2021).
Parents/Guardians are sent regular invites/reminders for childhood immunisations.
All patients requiring a face to face consultation are advised to wear a face covering when they attend the surgery.
The surgery has limited the amount of patients in the waiting room and has placed plastic screens in between the limited number of chairs available to prevent cross infection.
All staff wear a fluid resistant mask when moving around the building.
All clinical staff wear a fluid resistant mask when seeing patients face to face.
Hand sanitiser is available for all patients entering the building.
All clinical staff receive annual training in infection control and prevention.
All non-clinical staff receive 3 yearly training in infection control and prevention.
IPC PLANS FOR 2021-2022
A new staff kitchen is proposed.
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/amended on an ongoing basis as current advice, guidance and legislation changes.