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Inspection report

Date of Inspection: 2 September 2011
Date of Publication: 18 October 2011
Inspection Report published 18 October 2011 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

Our judgement

Infection control is adequate and staff who have received training demonstrated relevant knowledge to ensure people are protected from the risk of infection, however not all staff are trained in infection control. There is no risk assessment for the environment in place to support staff to identify and minimise risk.

User experience

People were heard being reminded and encouraged to wash their hands.

Other evidence

There was no environmental risk assessment in place.

On the day of the visit the home was clean.

Liquid hand gel was available for hand washing and there was an adequate supply of paper hand towels in communal toilets and bathrooms. Appropriate prompts to remind people to wash their hands were seen and heard during our visit.

One of the communal toilets also houses a sluice sink. Although this was clean, it remains accessible to people. The proximity of the sluice sink and wash hand basin is such that there is a high risk of cross contamination.

The acting manager confirmed that people who use services no longer have their hair washed in this communal bathroom.

Seven of sixteen staff had received training in infection control. We were told by the manager that this was mandatory training and a second session was being arranged for those staff who had been unable to attend the first.

We saw staff wearing disposable aprons and gloves at appropriate times and those we spoke to had a clear understanding of infection control.