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Inspection report

Date of Inspection: 16 April 2013
Date of Publication: 22 May 2013
Inspection Report published 22 May 2013 PDF | 80.26 KB

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 16 April 2013, observed how people were being cared for and talked with people who use the service. We talked with carers and / or family members and talked with staff.

Our judgement

People were cared for in a clean, hygienic environment.

Reasons for our judgement

During our inspection we walked around the home and looked at records. We did not speak to people who lived at the home regarding infection control.

The home was seen to be clean and tidy. One member of staff told us that since the last inspection new cleaning rotas had been implemented to ensure the staff were aware of their responsibilities.

The manager explained they were the “lead” person for infection control within Richmond and were aware of the related Department of Health guidance. The manager had been in post for six weeks on the day of our inspection and had plans to complete an audit in line with the infection control policy.

We saw records that an external company had completed a risk assessment for the presence of Legionella bacteria, in February 2013. The company had recommended specific work to be carried out, which we saw had been completed on the day of our inspection. This meant the provider had acted upon the advice in a timely manner to ensure that the risks were further reduced.