Infection Control Statement

Purpose

This annual statement will be generated each year in April 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

The Vernon Street and Lanes Medical Centre has a Lead for Infection Prevention and Control: Dc Vickie Wright (VW) (GP Partner).

The IPC Lead is supported by: Clare Hill (CH) (Practice Nurse).

VW/CH have attended an IPC Lead training course and keep updated on infection prevention practice.

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 bi-monthly Education Meetings and learning is cascaded to all relevant staff.

As a result of these events, The Vernon Street and lanes Medical Centre has:

  • Continued with an annual infection control update for both clinical and non-clinical staff
  • Ensured Infection Control Guidance remains accessible to all staff.

Infection Prevention Audit and Actions

The Annual Infection Prevention and Control audit was completed by CH in July 2017.

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

  • Work surface in Rm 2 has been replaced
  • All soap dispensers are now wall mounted
  • All PPE are now wall mounted

An audit on hand washing was undertaken in May 2018. This was discussed at the Practice meeting.

The Practice plan to undertake the following audits in 2017:

  • Annual Infection Prevention and Control audit
  • Cleaning audit
  • Hand hygiene audit
  • MRSA 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.

Curtains: Wipeable curtains are used in clinical rooms and cleaned according to manufacturer instruction.  All curtains are regularly reviewed and replaced if damaged.

Training

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

Infection Control Leads have an annual update.  Information is then disseminated to the clinical team within the bi-monthly Education Meeting, and to the non-clinical staff via an annual training presentation.

The nurse team either attend an annual Infection Control Update or complete an annual e-learning update.

A nurse representative attends the quarterly Practice Nurse Forum meetings which include Infection Control updates.

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 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.

Responsibility

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

Review date

30th April 2019

Responsibility for Review

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

Practice Manager – Karen Lloyd

Infection, Prevention Control Lead – Dr. Vickie Wright (GP Partner)

Infection, Prevention Control Lead – Clare Hill (Nurse Practitioner)

For and on behalf of Vernon Street Medical Centre