Infection Control Annual Statement

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 advise to patients
  • Any review and update of policies, procedures and guidelines.

Background

The Gainsborough Practice Lead for Infection Prevention/Control is Nurse Anita Surrey, who is supported by the Partners and 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 2018 to November 2019 there have been 2 significant events that related to infection prevention & control. Both were needle stick injuries to members of staff

Audits

An Infection Prevention & Control Audit was carried out by the Infection Prevention & Control Nurse for East Berkshire CCGs, Louise Foster. As a result our policy was reviewed and updated. Anita Surrey will now carry out quarterly Infection Prevention & Control audits, monthly Environmental Cleanliness checks and hand washing audits Staff have received training.

Risk Assessments

Regular risk assessments are undertaken to minimise the risk of infection and to ensure the safety of patients and staff. The following risk assessments related to infection prevention & control have been completed in the past year and appropriate actions have been taken: control of substances hazardous to health (COSHH), DBS for staff, hand washing and legionella.

Staff training

4 new staff joined this Practice in the past 12-months and received infection control and hand-washing training within 3 months of employment.

100% of the Practice Clinical staff completed their annual infection prevention & control update training

100% of the Practice non-clinical staff completed their annual infection prevention & control update training.

The Infection Control Lead, Anita Surrey, attended training updates for her role provided by Louise Foster (the Infection Prevention & Control Nurse for East Berkshire 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 available on request, reviewed in line with national and local guidance changes and are updated 2-yearly (or sooner in the event on new guidance).