Purpose

This annual statement will be generated each year in August 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.

Infection Prevention and Control (IPC) Lead: Pamela Lee

Contact details for Registered Manager and Health Protection Team are available in our IP&C folder.

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 monthly team meetings, management meetings and learning is cascaded to all relevant staff.

In the past year there has been a significant event that related to infection control, in terms of the pandemic, and spread of Covid-19.  We reopened to a reduced capacity after a period of closure.  We managed individual cases within the staff team, and people we support who needed to isolate, in line with government guidance. A programme of Covid testing for staff and visitors was implemented and this remains in place. Staff adapted to increased levels of PPE, regular testing, handwashing, alcohol gel and more regular cleaning around the Centre.  95% of staff are now fully vaccinated, to date. 

Infection Prevention Audit and Actions

The Annual Infection Prevention and Control compliance audit was completed between 4th -12th  August 2021. This is a newly created audit for us at the Chiltern Centre.  This involves a review of all aspects of infection prevention and control within the Centre.

As a result of this audit, the following changes are taking place:

  • Updated Infection Prevention and Control policy – 3rd August 2021 – increased detail on waste streams, hand hygiene, laundry.
  • Newly created need for Compliance Statement, and annual Audit of Compliance.
  • Easy Read posters have been created regarding handwashing, Infection Control and Isolation Procedures.
  • Infection Control information folder created for staff.
  • This Statement will be added to our website.

Chiltern Centre will continue to carry out the following audits through the year:

  • Annual Infection Prevention and Control audit
  • Monthly Infection Prevention and Control audits
  • Observations on staff performing handwashing, donning and doffing of PPE, handwashing.

Risk Assessments

Risk assessments are carried out so that best practice can be established and then followed. In the last year the following IP&C related risk assessments were reviewed: Blood and bodily fluids, clinical waste, COSHH, Legionella, Personal Care, Use of Paddling Pool, Showerheads.

Immunisation

We encourage our staff to accept immunisations and any occupational health vaccinations applicable to their role (ie: MMR, Seasonal Flu, Covid, Hepatitis), in accordance with guidance from Public Health England.

Other examples of Infection Prevention and Control activities

Curtains: The window curtains in the bedrooms are very low risk and therefore do not require a particular cleaning regime other than regular vacuuming to prevent build-up of dust.  They underwent a professional deep clean on 3 August 2021.  All curtains are regularly reviewed and changed if visibly soiled.

Legionella (Water): Chiltern Centre use Musketeer professional water treatment company to ensure that the water supply does not pose a risk to anyone. The most recent visit was in July 2021.  We have bacterial screening, cold water tanks and TMV’s checked every six months.

Cleaning specifications, frequencies and cleanliness: We have recently employed a p/t member of staff to carry out our weekly deep cleaning tasks to ensure that the Centre is kept as clean as possible.

Covid:  We have an area where staff/visitors can carry out LFT testing. PPE stations have been set up outside the Wooden Spoon bathroom and the Clinical Room.  Visitors are encouraged to wash or alcohol gel on arrival.  We have replaced our liquid soaps with wall mounted soap dispensers to ensure cleanliness. We introduced formal handwashing training for staff. More easy-read information has been displayed at the Centre regarding infection prevention. PPE is readily available.

Clinical Waste: We have changed provider of our clinical waste disposal.  We have increased the size of our bins to cope with the extra waste provided during the pandemic (disposal of PPE etc).

Staff Uniform: All care staff have been provided with short sleeved polo shirts.

Training

All our staff receive annual training in infection prevention and control. Staff are up to date with Infection Prevention and Control training as of 4th August (one new member of staff due to start IP&C training as part of induction). 

Policies

The Infection Prevention and Control related policy is in date for this year. Policy relating to Infection Prevention and Control is available to all staff and is reviewed and updated annually, and amended on an on-going basis as current advice, guidance and legislation changes. Staff are made aware when Infection Control policies are updated. 

Responsibility

It is the responsibility of each individual to be familiar with this Statement and their roles and responsibilities under this.

Responsibility for Review The Infection Prevention and Control Lead and the Centre Manager are responsible for reviewing and producing the Annual Statement.

Review date     12/08/2022