Infection Control Statement

This practice is committed to the control of infection within our practice and in relation to the clinical procedures carried out within it. This statement has been produced in line with the Health and Social Care Act 2008 and details the practice’s compliance with guidelines on infection control and cleanliness

Infection Control Lead duties:

· Increase awareness of Infection Control issues amongst staff and patients

· Help motivate colleagues to improve practice

· Improve local implementation of Infection Control policies

· Ensure that practice based Infection Control audits are undertaken

· Assist in the education of colleagues

· Help identify any Infection Control problems within the practice and work to resolve these, where necessary in conjunction with the local Infection Control Team

· Act as a role model within the practice

· Disseminate key Infection Control messages to their colleagues within the practice

We take additional measures to ensure we maintain the highest standards:

· Encourage staff and patients to raise any issues or report any incidents relating to cleanliness and infection control. We can discuss these and identify improvements we can make to avoid any future problems.

· Carry out an annual infection control audit to make sure our infection control procedures are working.

· Significant events related to infection control are recorded, discussed and learned from

· Provide annual staff updates and training on cleanliness and infection control

· Review our policies and procedures to make sure they are adequate and meet national guidance.

· Maintain the premises and equipment to a high standard within the available financial resources and ensure that all reasonable steps are taken to reduce or remove all infection risk.

· Use washable or disposable materials for items such as couch rolls, modesty curtains, floor coverings, towels etc., and ensure that these are laundered, cleaned or changed frequently to minimise risk of infection.

· Make Alcohol Hand Rub Gel available throughout the building