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Inspection report

Date of Inspection: 30 June 2014
Date of Publication: 9 August 2014
Inspection Report published 09 August 2014 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 30 June 2014, observed how people were being cared for and talked with people who use the service. We talked with carers and / or family members, talked with staff, talked with commissioners of services and were accompanied by a specialist advisor.

We used the Short Observational Framework for Inspection (SOFI). SOFI is a specific way of observing care to help us understand the experience of people who could not talk with us.

We were supported on this inspection by an expert-by-experience. This is a person who has personal experience of using or caring for someone who uses this type of care service.

Our judgement

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

Reasons for our judgement

We looked at what procedures and systems were in place to manage infection control in the home. We did this by speaking with the registered manager and staff members on duty. We also looked around the home to see what hygiene controls were in place.

We found the service followed national guidance in respect of infection prevention and control as detailed in the Department of Health's Code of Practice 2010. The service had also developed its own infection prevention and control policies, procedures and training.

Staff we spoke with demonstrated a thorough understanding of the need to follow infection prevention and control procedures and gave examples of how this worked in practice. Staff confirmed they had undertaken infection control training during their initial training and said they received regular updates.

We saw cleaning schedules were completed by the domestic staff confirming that tasks had been completed.

People we spoke with told us they thought the home was clean and they had no concerns about infection control within the home.

We observed the home was clean and tidy on the day of our visit. A tour of the building confirmed bathroom and toilet areas were clean and hygienic.