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Inspection report

Date of Inspection: 24 March 2013
Date of Publication: 24 April 2013
Inspection Report published 24 April 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 24 March 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 and talked with staff.

Our judgement

Satisfactory systems are in place to ensure people are protected from the risk of infection.

Reasons for our judgement

We inspected the home and it was clean and odour free throughout. All of the people who lived in the home who we spoke with said they thought the home was clean and said they were happy with standards of cleanliness.

We saw protective aprons and gloves were provided for staff and used appropriately. Hand washing facilities were available throughout the home with liquid soap in place. Anti bacterial gel was also available to staff, people who used the service and visitors.

The home had an infection control policy. The registered provider said she had obtained a copy of 'The Code of Practice for health and adult social care on the prevention and control of infections and related guidance' published by the Department of Health. However this was not referenced in the policy we inspected. The registered provider might like to note that, as outlined in the Essential Standards of Quality and Safety, it is important the guidance is taken account of in infection control procedures and implemented as part of every day practices. It was understood this was a relatively small service, and the principle of proportionality should be applied regarding implementation of the guidance.

There were satisfactory laundry facilities including a washing machine and separate dryer. The washing machine could provide a range of washes from cool to over 90° centigrade. Suitable equipment and systems were in place to manage incontinence.

Although standards of cleanliness in the home seemed to be to a good standard, we were concerned regarding the provision of training regarding infection control. We assessed the training records of five staff and according to these records none of the staff had received formal training in this area.