This annual statement will be generated each year in November. 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 staff training
- Any review and update of policies, procedures and guidelines
This Protocol applies to all staff employed by the practice
The practice manager, Sally Rees, is our IC lead supported by the Nurses
Sally has attended an Infection Control Lead training course in 2016 and keeps up to date with IC policy and provides update training to the rest of the practice team at our Clinical Governance meetings annually. Staff who are unable to be present at the training are given a copy of the minutes and the training presentation is stored on our practice shared drive in the training section available to all staff.
As a practice we ensure that all of our clinical staff are up to date with their Hep 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.
- Our contract cleaners work to cleaning specifications laid out in their contract along with frequencies and an annual audit takes place to ensure these are being met. Cleaning equipment is stored in accordance with the NHS Cleaning Specifications.
- We provide minimal toys to help entertain children whilst they are in the waiting room and during consultations.NHS Cleaning Specifications recommend that all toys are clean regularly and we therefore provide only wipeable mounted toys in both waiting rooms.
- The surgery has various material curtains and blinds both at the windows and in consulting rooms.All curtains to windows will be cleaned as per NHS cleaning specifications, blinds will be cleaned as per our contract cleaning specification.In the doctor’s room the modesty screen has been changed to plastic wipeable curtains rather than fabric and the fabric curtains in the Treatment Room around the examination couch are dry-cleaned every 6 months or more often if necessary.
- Spill kits for blood, vomit or urine are provided in the reception office and treatment room complete with all necessary PPE.
- Our Air conditioning units are serviced annually to prevent any legionella build up in line with our Legionella Risk Assessment.
PPE (Personal Protective Equipment)
The practice provides PPE for all members of the team in line with their role
- Clinical staff are provided with aprons, several different types and sizes of gloves and goggles/face shields
- Reception staff are provided with gloves for the handling of sample pots and sharps bins
- Clinical waste is categorised and stored in line with our waste management policy and collected weekly, waste transfer sheets are stored and archived for 5 years.
- Domestic waste is disposed of via a commercial wheelie bin commissioned form the local council. Collections take place weekly
Fixtures, Fittings & Furniture
Where possible all decorating, renewals and repairs will be made in line with infection control guidelines;
- Where planned renewals of fixtures such and sinks and taps will ensure complaint items are installed where they are not currently at full spec.
- A rolling plan of redecoration is in place and where performed wall coatings will be in line with infection control guidelines.
- The seating and exam couches in the clinical rooms have recently been replaced (2013) to ensure they are in good repair and of wipeable materials.
- The seating in both waiting rooms were recovered in wipeable vinyl in Dec 2016.
In April 2017 an Infection Prevention and Control in General practice audit was completed by the Healthcare Assistant & Practice Manager. Some policies and procedures have now been updated and a sign off sheet instigated for clinical staff to sign they are aware of the IC policies contained in the folder. There have not been any infection control incidents.
Our Post Minor Surgery Infection Re-Audit was completed in May 2016 and showed no areas of concern and high levels of patient satisfaction as it included a Patient Experience Survey.
In April 2018 we are planning a repeat of the Infection Prevention and Control in General Practice Audit and will develop an action plan to address any areas of concern.
Policies relating to Infection Prevention and Control are stored in the Clinic Room Policies and Procedures Folder in the Treatment room and on the practices Shared Drive. These are reviewed and updated annually as appropriate. However, all are amended on an on-going basis as current advice changes.
It is the responsibility of each individual to be familiar with this Statement and their roles & responsibilities under this. It is also the responsibility of the practice manager to ensure staff are familiar with the contents.
Original written November 2012, reviewed annually, due for review January 2019.
Responsibility for Review
The Practice Manager is responsible for reviewing this Statement.