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Inspection report

Date of Inspection: 26 June 2013
Date of Publication: 30 July 2013
Inspection Report published 30 July 2013 PDF

People should be cared for in a clean environment and protected from the risk of infection (outcome 8)

Meeting this standard

We checked that people who use this service

  • Providers of services comply with the requirements of regulation 12, with regard to the Code of Practice for health and adult social care on the prevention and control of infections and related guidance.

How this check was done

We looked at the personal care or treatment records of people who use the service, carried out a visit on 26 June 2013, observed how people were being cared for and checked how people were cared for at each stage of their treatment and care. We talked with people who use the service, talked with carers and / or family members, talked with staff and reviewed information sent to us by commissioners of services.

Our judgement

There were effective systems in place to reduce the risk and spread of infection.

Reasons for our judgement

Before our inspection we had received concerns from a member of the public that the home was not clean and cleaning staff were not available at the weekends.

People were cared for in a clean, hygienic environment. People we spoke with told us that their rooms were cleaned each day. One person told us their en suite was immaculate. During our visit we observed staff wearing gloves and aprons when appropriate. All bathrooms had liquid hand soap and paper towels. There was also anti-bacterial hand gel available throughout the home. Equipment we looked at was clean and there was a schedule for checking the cleanliness. For example, mobility aids in bathrooms were clean, hoists were clean and slings were only used by the person named on the sling.

The home had effective systems in place to reduce the risk and spread of infection. We spoke with all three cleaning staff on duty. They told us there were always three of them on duty each day of the week. Cleaning staff were able to explain what they did to prevent cross contamination. For example, they used different coloured mops for different areas of the home. They had all been on recent training on infection prevention. The staff rota showed there was always cleaning staff on duty during the week and at weekends. The staff we spoke with were aware of the home's infection control policy and the Department of Health's publication: The Code of Practice for Health and Social care on the prevention and control of infections. Cleaning staff were able to tell us who on the staff team had responsibility for infection prevention and control. Cleaning schedules were in place and there was an up to date risk assessment.

Staff had the equipment they needed to do the job safely. There were disposable gloves and aprons available for staff to use throughout the home. Staff we spoke with were aware of the need to use different coloured gloves and aprons depending on their role. White gloves and aprons for personal care and blue when handling food. Staff told us there was always a plentiful supply of gloves and aprons. During lunch we observed care staff assisting people with their meals they had the correct colour gloves and aprons on.

People we spoke with said they were happy with the laundry service. We spoke with a relative who told us that all clothing was marked with their name when their family member moved into the home. The laundry room had easy to clean surfaces, the equipment was well maintained.