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 was Nurse Anita Surrey, supported by the Partners and Practice Manager.

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

Significant events:

In the past year December 2019 to November 2020 there were no significant events that related to infection prevention & control.

Audits:

An Infection Prevention & Control Audit was carried out by Anita Surrey implemented every quarter with Environmental Cleanliness checks carried out monthly. Staff training and a hand washing audit have also been completed.

Risk Assessments:

Regular risk assessments were 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
  • Legionella.
  • Health & Safety
  • Premises
  • Training
  • Use of personal protective
  • COVID-19
  • Medication and prescriptions

Staff training:

All new staff who joined the practice in the past 12-months 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 attended training updates for her role provided by Louise Foster (the Infection Prevention & Control Nurse for East Berkshire CCG).

Infection Control Advice to Patients:

Patients are encouraged to use the alcohol hand gel/sanitiser dispensers that are available throughout the Practice, wear face masks and maintain 2m social distancing.

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).