Infection Control Annual Statement 2018/2019

Purpose

The annual statement will be generated each year in December. It will summarise:

  • Any infection transmission incidents and action taken (these will be reported in accordance with our Significant Event procedure
  • The annual infection control audit summary and actions undertaken;
  • Control risk assessments undertaken;
  • Details of staff training (both as part of induction and annual training) with regards to infection prevention & control;
  • Details of infection control advice to patients;
  • Any review and update of policies, procedures and guidelines.

Background:

The Gainsborough Practice Lead for Infection Prevention /Control is Anita Surrey – Practice Nurse, who is supported by the Partners and Diana Lock, Practice Manager.

This team keep updated with infection prevention & control practices and share necessary information with staff and patients throughout the year.

Significant events:

In the past year December 2017 to December 2018 there have been no significant events that related to infection prevention & control.

Audits:

An Infection Prevention & Control Audit was carried out by the Infection Prevention & Control Lead nurse, Anita Surrey. Staff training and a hand washing audit have been completed.

Risk Assessments:

Regular risk assessments are undertaken to minimise the risk of infection and to ensure the safety of patients and staff. In the past year the following risk assessments in relation to infection prevention/control have been carried out: COSHH, DBS for staff, Disposal of waste and sharps.

Staff training:

Four new staff joined this Practice in the past 12-months and received infection control and hand-washing training within three months of employment.

100% of the Practice patient-facing staff  (clinical and reception staff) completed their annual infection prevention & control update training either online or by attending a formal training session.

87.5% of the Practice non-patient-facing staff completed their annual infection prevention & control update training.

The Infection Control Lead attended training updates for their role provided by Michaela Hooper (the Infection Prevention & Control Nurse for Berkshire West CCGs).

Infection Control Advice to Patients:

Patients are encouraged to use the alcohol hand gel/sanitiser dispensers that are available throughout the Practice.

Policies, procedures and guidelines.

Documents related to infection prevention & control are reviewed in line with national and local guidance changes and are updated 2-yearly (or sooner in the event on new guidance).