Infection Control Annual Statement
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 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
Infection Prevention and Control (IPC) Lead
Park Farm Medical Centre has a Lead for Infection Prevention and Control: Dr Caroline Saxelby (CAS) (GP Partner).
The IPC Lead is supported by: Lynsey Blackburn (LB) (Practice Nurse).
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 quarterly Clinical Meetings and learning is cascaded to all relevant staff.
As a result of these events, Park Farm Medical Centre has:
- Continued with an annual infection control update for both clinical and non-clinical staff via online Bluestream training
- Ensured Infection Control Guidance remains accessible to all staff.
Infection Prevention Audit and Actions
The Annual Infection Prevention and Control audit was completed by LB and CAS in December 2021.
As a result of the audit, the following things have been changed:
- Ensuring all clinical areas have the correct infection control posters displayed
- Removal of blue tac and replacement with hook and eye adhesive throughout all sites
- Renewal of deteriorating laminated signs
- Replacement of clinical curtains
- Improvement to workable area in consultation Room 6 – purchase of new trolley
- Highlighting areas which require attention such as damage to building interior
The Practice plan to undertake the following audits in 2022:
- Annual Infection Prevention and Control audit
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:
Legionella (Water) Risk Assessment: The practice has conducted/reviewed its water safety risk assessment to ensure that the water supply does not pose a risk to patients, visitors or staff.
Immunisation: As a practice we ensure that all of our relevant 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 curtains are used in clinical rooms and replaced annually. All curtains are regularly reviewed and replaced if damaged.
All our staff receive annual training in infection prevention and control.
The nursing team attends an annual Infection Control Update or complete an annual e-learning update.
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 and are reviewed and updated annually, and all are amended on an on-going basis as current advice, guidance and legislation changes. Infection Control policies are available on the Practice Shared Drive for all staff to access.
It is the responsibility of each individual to be familiar with this Statement and their roles and responsibilities under this.
9th December 2021
Responsibility for Review
The Infection Prevention and Control Lead and the Practice Manager are responsible for reviewing and producing the Annual Statement.
- Practice Manager – Geraldine Comery
- Infection, Prevention Control Lead – Dr. Caroline Saxelby (GP Partner)
- Infection, Prevention Control Support – Lynsey Blackburn
For and on behalf of Park Farm Medical Centre