Infection Prevention and Control (IPC) Annual Statement 2020-2021

IPC lead for the practice is Shynamma Roy (Practice Nurse).

IPC deputy is Ghazala Jarwar (Practice Manager).

Antibiotic and Sepsis lead is Dr James Madden.

This annual statement will be generated in December each year and will summarise:

  • Any infection transmission incidents and actions taken
  • Details of IPC audits/risk assessments undertaken and actions taken
  • Details of staff training
  • Details of IPC advice to patients
  • Any review/update of IPC policies and procedures

Significant Events

There were no significant events relating to IPC in the previous twelve months.

Staff Training

All staff received annual IPC training/updating in November 2020. All staff have been trained in sepsis awareness.

IPC issues/updates are discussed regularly throughout the year in clinical/general meetings.

Staff are encouraged to raise any IPC concerns with the practice manager or IPC lead.

Audits

Hand Hygiene /Aseptic Technique

An annual hand hygiene audit was conducted on all staff in January 2020 with 100% compliance in correct technique. Staff are aware of the importance of hand hygiene in reducing healthcare associated infections.

Practice IPC Audit

We conduct spot checks every 3 months. The last one was done on 27/11/2020. We also have a risk assessment tool for infection control which we do every year. This was last done in October this year. These audits indicated that the following areas need improvement;

  1. Stricter guidelines for social distancing
  2. Reception door should be closed all the time, only 2 people at a time using the reception area. One is in front and one is in the back.
  3. Strictly no sharing or minimum sharing of desk and computers. Workstations are to be cleaned before and after use. Staff should make use of mask, gloves and face visors.
  4. Hand sanitizer posters should be put up in reception area encouraging staff to use. Sanitiser dispenser needs to be put up near the back door for staff/visitors leaving the premises to use.
  5. Due to Covid 19 pandemic, we realise that patients have the right to know that all our rooms are cleaned before and after each patient visit, in compliance with IPC guidelines. Posters need to be put up to reflect this.
  6. Due to Covid-19 we are not encouraging patient to wait in the porch, therefore we have removed prescription slips. Need to arrange handyman to remove slips and pen holder.
  7. Need to put up poster for staff to keep face visor in their personal drawers if not used and dispose mask if single use or if washable in their bag or pocket.

We also have third party audits done annually by a company called Infection Control Training Limited. The last one was done in December 2019. We are awaiting a booking for the next one.

Actions completed

Among the above, most actions completed.

Risk Assessments

Risk assessments are performed on a regular basis. We have done the Covid 19 risk assessments for all staff members. Health and safety risk assessment is done on annual basis by third party and COSHH risk assessment done.

IPC Advice to Patients

All eligible patients have been invited for relevant immunisations for example flu, pneumococcal, shingles, whooping cough.

Parents/Guardians are sent regular invites/reminders for childhood immunisations.

IPC Policy

The IPC Policy has been updated and expanded to provide more detailed information.