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Inspection report

Date of Inspection: 14, 15 January 2013
Date of Publication: 13 February 2013
Inspection Report published 13 February 2013 PDF | 80.59 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 14 January 2013 and 15 January 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 and talked with staff.

Our judgement

People were cared for in a clean and hygienic environment. They were protected from the risk of infection because appropriate guidance had been followed.

Reasons for our judgement

We walked around each of the different accommodation sites at the college, which consisted of three flats within the main building and three cottages within the grounds. We saw that in each of these accommodations the communal areas such as the lounge, kitchen, dining area and corridors were clean. We entered several bedrooms and saw they were also clean and well maintained.

We spoke with students to assess their views of the cleanliness of their individual accommodations. One student said, "Yes it is clean. I clean my room with help." A second student told us, "The flat is clean."

Support staff told us it was their responsibility to ensure that the different accommodations sites in which they worked were kept clean and tidy for the residential students who lived there. Senior support staff told us they assessed cleanliness and tidiness each time they entered an accommodation site and that they completed formal cleanliness audits of each accommodation every half term (approximately every six weeks). We saw documentary evidence of these audits.

Each accommodation site within the college operated a colour coded cleaning system and we saw there was a supply of Personal Protective Equipment (PPE), such as gloves available. Staff confirmed and we also observed that they used PPE when necessary. We found that the college segregated and cleaned soiled laundry appropriately. These measures helped to limit the risk of students or staff being exposed to an infection.

The provider had infection control guidance, information on infection prevention and control, and an infection control workbook in place for staff to follow which, for example, provided detailed information on effective hand washing. The training co-ordinator told us that all staff completed infection control training as part of their induction and we saw certificates to evidence this training. When asked, staff explained processes they followed linked to infection control issues, which demonstrated that the risks of students or staff contracting an infection were minimised.

We concluded that the service had effective systems in place to reduce the risk and spread of infection.