Infection, Prevention, Control Annual Statement

Purpose

This annual statement will be generated each year in January 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

Background

Watership Down Health Leads for infection prevention and control are:

1 GP Partner, 2 Practice Nurses and 2 Practice Managers.

The team is kept up to date with infection prevention and control and share necessary information with staff and patients throughout the year.

Covid-19 Response Plan

In March 2020, in response to the rapid developments of Covid-19 we continually monitor and review all surgery processes & procedures.

We have reduced footfall within the practice by reverting to total telephone triage and patients are seen face to face where necessary. We have recommenced routine appointments such as cervical smears, childhood immunisations, diabetic foot checks and dopplers etc.

We have also reduced staff footfall within the practice and are socially distancing appropriately.

Staff Training

All staff complete an annual infection prevention and control training, either face to face training or via e-learning.

The infection prevention and control lead Nurses attends regular links meeting with the IPC Lead at the CCG and cascades the information to all relevant staff at regular intervals.

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 monthly partner meetings and learning is cascaded to all relevant staff.

In the past year there have been no significant events raised that related to infection control.

Infection Prevention Audit and Actions

WDH have conducted annual infection prevention and control audit. This involves a comprehensive review of all aspects of infection prevention and control within the surgery.

As a result of the audit, no changes in procedures were deemed necessary.

Watership Down Health plan to undertake the following audits in 2021:

  • Infection Prevention & Control Covid-19 – GP Practice Audit

Upcoming:

  • Treatment Room and Minor Ops Infection Prevention Control Audit Infection Prevention and Control audit

Risk Assessments

Risk assessments are carried out so that best practice can be established and then followed.

Legionella (Water) Risk Assessment

The practices has conducted/reviewed its water safety risk assessment to ensure that the water supply does not pose a risk to patients, visitors, or staff.

The last assessments were undertaken in October 2020 in Overton & Oakley Surgeries and November 2020 for Kingsclere Health Centre.

Immunisations

As a practice we ensure that all 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

Disposable modesty curtains are used in all clinical rooms and are changed on a rolling regular basis.  The modesty curtains will be change accordingly if becomes contaminated.

Wipeable Toys

Since March 2020 toys are no longer available in the waiting room.

Infection Prevention Control Advice to Patients

The practice encourages all patients to use the alcohol hand gel/sanitiser dispensers that are available through the surgeries, within waiting rooms and when entering and leaving the building.

Cleaning Specification, Frequencies and Cleanliness of Equipment

It is the responsibility of each clinician to clean treatment areas/GP rooms and equipment between patients.

Cleaning specifications, frequencies, and cleanliness

We work with our cleaners to ensure that the surgery is kept as clean as possible. Regular assessments of cleaning processes are conducted with our cleaning contractors to identify areas for improvement.

We also have a cleaning itinerary for rooms and frequency guidance which staff work to.

Policies, Procedures & Guidelines

The practice has a comprehensive infection prevention and control policy which is reviewed every six month and in line with national and local guidance changes.