Infection Control Annual Statement 2019-20
This annual statement will be generated in January each year. It will summarise:
- Any infection transmission incidents and action taken (if appropriate these will be reported in accordance with out significant event procedure)
- Details of any Infection Control audits and any subsequent action taken
- Details of any Infection Control risk assessments and any subsequent action taken
- Staff training
- Any review and update of policies, procedure or guidance
Infection Control Leads
The practice lead for Infection Prevention & Control (IPC) is Dr Mark Longley. He is supported by HCA Karen Roberts who is the designated link for IPC and Mrs Sarah Roberts (Practice Manager).
HCA Karen Roberts will be attending the biannual IPC meetings arranged by the North Hampshire Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG). She also carries out regular audits, maintains the IPC folder. The practice manager organises staff training.
Any information gleaned through this role she cascades back to practice staff via staff meetings and email.
There have been no serious Infection Control incidents requiring a root cause analysis during the past year.
An Infection Control audit was carried out using nationally recognised tools in accordance with guidance from Vivien O’Connor (IPC Specialist Nurse, Southern Health) who acts as IPC advisor to North Hampshire CCG. The results were copied to Tom Crawford (Quality Manager for North Hampshire CCG).
The outcomes of the audits were discussed with the Practice Manager and action plans were formulated to address outstanding matter identified in the audits. Details of the audits and action plans area are kept in the IPC folder.
- Management of Infection Prevention & Control Jan 2019
- Safe handling of Specimens and Sharps Jan 2019
- Standard precautions Jan 2019
Outcomes of Audits
As a result of audits undertaken this year the following changes have been made:
- Establishment of new staff IPC induction form to ensure new staff are made aware of the role and responsibilities in Infection Prevention & Control
- Updating of telephone contacts for advice on IPC matters in IPC folder
- In house update on safe handling of specimens and sharps
- Supply of disposable aprons in every GP consulting room to improve compliance with standard precautions policy.
Infection Prevention & Control risk Assessment
In Jan 2019 a risk assessment of the current waiting room was undertaken. A number of shortfalls were identified and will be corrected during the ongoing refurbishment programme.
All practice staff will have training during their induction. Annual Infection Control training is set by mandatory Blue Stream Training.
All doctors and nurses have been instructed to undertake an online IPC training unit. Records show that most have completed it.
Review of Policies, Procedures and Guidance
The following policies have been reviewed and updated:
- Decontamination of equipment
- Standard precautions
- Transport of specimens
- Correct disposal of sharps waste
- Decontamination of the ECG room after a potentially infectious patient has been isolated.
Copies of all are available on the practice intranet.