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Infection Control Statement

Purpose:

This annual statement will be generated each year in April 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 details:

  • 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

Infection Prevention and Control (IPC) Lead(s):

Taunton Vale Healthcare has 2 multidisciplinary leads for Infection Prevention and Control:

  • The Nursing IPC lead for the practice is: Tanya Batten (Lead Nurse)
  • The Medical IPC lead for the practice is: Dr Timothy Norbury (Senior Partner)

Training:

All staff at Taunton Vale Healthcare receive annual online training in infection prevention and control offered through iLearn/Teamnet. Additional ‘top up’ training is offered during our Team Development Mornings.

All staff have been allocated annual IPC training with an 95% completion rate.

Hand Hygiene training and audit is now being completed at the same time as our BLS training dates.

Staff are aware of the importance of hand hygiene in reducing healthcare associated infections.

Infection transmission incidents – Significant Events (SEA’s)

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. Significant Event meetings are held monthly, with an annual review of all Significant Events being undertaken by the Quality Improvement Manager and the Senior Partners. 

Infection Prevention and Control Audit and subsequent actions taken.

The Annual Infection Prevention and Control audit was completed at both sites by Tanya Batten, Nikki Durnell and Amy Langford on the following dates:

  • Blackbrook Surgery – 14th December 2023
  • Victoria Gate Surgery – 27th February 2024

Dr Will Harris undertakes a Minor Ops audit annually and will inform the Infection Control leads of any reported incidents. 
There have not been any post op infections in the last year. 

An Audit on hand washing was undertaken in March 2024, and an Audit Visit Report for cleaning is completed at the start of every month.

Taunton Vale Healthcare plans to undertake the following audits in 2024/2025:

  • Annual Infection Prevention and Control audit
  • Minor Surgery outcomes audit
  • Domestic Cleaning audit
  • Hand hygiene audit
  • Sharps
  • Cold Chain

Risk Assessments:

Risk assessments are carried out so that best practice can be established and then followed. In the last year the following risk assessments were carried out / reviewed:

  • Vaccine Storage Audit: As a practice undertake vaccine storage audits to ensure all vaccinations are stored and delivered safely and in line with national guidance. 
  • Immunisation: As a practice we ensure all 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, Covid-19). We take part in the National Immunisation campaigns for patients and offer vaccinations in house and via home visits to our patient population.
  • Privacy Curtains: The NHS Cleaning Specifications state the curtains should be cleaned or if using disposable privacy curtains, replaced every 12 months or when soiled. To this effect we use disposable privacy curtains and ensure they are changed every 12 months. The window blinds cleaning regime is currently being reviewed. The privacy modesty curtains although handled by clinicians are never handled by patients and clinicians have been reminded to always remove gloves and clean hands after an examination and before touching the curtains. All curtains are regularly reviewed and changed if visibly soiled.
  • Cleaning specifications, frequencies, and cleanliness: We have a cleaning specification and frequency policy which our cleaners and staff work to. An assessment of cleanliness is conducted by the cleaning team and logged. This includes all aspects in the surgery including cleanliness of equipment.
  • Hand washing sinks: The practice has clinical hand washing sinks in every room for staff to use, which meet the latest standards. We have also replaced our liquid soap with wall mounted soap dispensers to ensure cleanliness.

Policies:

All Infection Prevention and Control related policies are in date for this year.

Policies relating to Infection Prevention and Control are available to all staff via Teamnet and are reviewed and updated annually/biannually. All are amended on an on-going basis as current advice, guidance, and legislation changes. The Infection Control policy is uploaded onto the Practice Intranet once reviewed.

Responsibility:

It is the responsibility of everyone within the practice to be familiar with this Statement and their roles and responsibilities under this.

Review Date:

April 2025

Responsibility for Review:

The Infection Prevention and Control Lead Nurse, Senior Partners and Management Team are responsible for reviewing and producing the Annual Statement.

Signed:

Signature

On behalf of Taunton Vale Healthcare.