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Inspection report

Date of Inspection: 11 August 2011
Date of Publication: 20 September 2011
Inspection Report published 20 September 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

The home was clean, fresh and tidy. Infection control measures were in place and a lead person with responsibility for infection control was going to be appointed.

User experience

No service users were spoken to regarding this outcome.

Other evidence

We looked around all areas of the home during our visit including bathrooms, toilets, and kitchen, dining room, laundry and lounge areas. We found all parts of the home to be clean, fresh and tidy. There were appropriate waste bins in place and protective clothing was available for staff to use when necessary.

The manager had introduced an infection control audit system. Regular checks were being carried out daily, weekly and monthly, this ensured that all parts of the home were maintained to a good standard.

We saw that the home provided hand cleaning gel at various points throughout the home.

We spoke to the staff during our visit, they told us about the new cleaning schedules in place at the home, which helped to ensure all areas are thoroughly cleaned on a daily basis, and checked on a regular basis.

The manager confirmed that staff had received training in infection control procedures, and health and safety matters. She said that more training had been arranged to take place with the infection control nurse.

The infection control nurse stated in her most recent report that we looked at, that there had been a marked improvement especially around cleanliness.

The manager told us that she had introduced systems for the prevention of legionella’s. We saw systems in place for checking hot water temperatures; regular flushing’s of little used outlets, and the de-scaling of shower heads.

We saw a record that an external company had carried out an annual water tank inspection.

The manager ensured that all staff had access to suitable protective clothing, cleaning products and equipment.

We saw care staff washing their hands before and after personal care tasks.

Policies and procedures were in place regarding the control and prevention of

Infection and staff had access to these.

A lead person was going to be appointed by the manager to be responsible for the control and prevention of infection at the home.

Since our last inspection, Darlington’s Public Protection Division had visited the home on 09/08/2011.The report stated: an excellent response to the previous report, full compliance, and stated that the home should re-apply for a new rating in December 2011.