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Inspection report

Date of Inspection: 11, 12 September 2013
Date of Publication: 4 October 2013
Inspection Report published 04 October 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 11 September 2013 and 12 September 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 staff, reviewed information sent to us by commissioners of services and talked with commissioners of services. We talked with other authorities.

Our judgement

People were protected from the risk of infection because appropriate guidance had been followed.

Reasons for our judgement

During our inspection we noticed that the environment was clean and tidy. We saw that staff and people using the service were involved in cleaning the home. There were daily, weekly and monthly cleaning tasks for staff to complete. These ensured that both everyday cleaning and deep cleaning was taking place. We were also told that every other Monday a cleaning company came into the home to thoroughly clean the communal areas of the home.

Staff we spoke with told us that they always had a good supply of cleaning equipment and personal protective equipment such as gloves and aprons. During our inspection we observed staff using personal protective equipment appropriately. Staff had a good knowledge of infection control and were aware of the need to change PPE when working with different people. Arrangements were in place for the disposal of PPE in the appropriate manner.

We saw that there were arrangements in place for tests in relation to legionella to be carried out by visiting contractors. We saw that fridge temperatures were monitored and food was labelled when opened. We were told that the home used the better food better business guidelines and had received five stars from the food standards agency.

The home had infection control policies that had been updated recently and were in line with the code of practice on the prevention and control of infections and related guidance. This meant that the provider had procedures in place which ensured that the environment was kept clean and infections control measures were implemented effectively.