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Inspection report

Date of Inspection: 13 June 2013
Date of Publication: 17 July 2013
Inspection Report published 17 July 2013 PDF | 84.14 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 carried out a visit on 13 June 2013, observed how people were being cared for, checked how people were cared for at each stage of their treatment and care 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 and were protected from the risk of infection because appropriate guidance had been followed.

Reasons for our judgement

We made a tour of the home during our visit. On our walk around the building we saw that rooms were clean and well maintained and that people were able to personalise them with their own pictures and personal items.

We found all areas of the home to be clean, tidy and free from offensive odours and in a well maintained state. The bathrooms, toilets, kitchen and laundry areas we observed were clean and had appropriate systems for waste disposal through a licensed disposal company.

A programme of quality checks or 'audits' was in place to help make sure that the organisation’s policies and procedures with regards to infection control were being put into practice appropriately. We examined a copy of the completed audit tool and this evidenced there were good infection control practices in place throughout the home. The result indicated a high overall score regarding the standards of cleanliness and infection prevention. There was evidence of monthly internal environmental and maintenance audits having been carried out and visual checks on equipment.

There was a designated infection control lead on the staff team and there were regular updates to infection control training to ensure staff were kept up to date with current legislation. When we spoke to staff they were well aware of the importance of cross infection and the need to keep this to a minimum.

There was evidence around the home of a plentiful supply of gloves and other protective clothing and staff were seen wearing this appropriately.

Marsh House had an appropriate cleaning schedule that was completed after every shift, signed and dated. Audits of the schedule were in place and completed every month.