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Inspection report

Date of Inspection: 30 January 2014
Date of Publication: 4 March 2014
Inspection Report published 04 March 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 January 2014, observed how people were being cared for and talked with staff. We reviewed information given to us by the provider.

Our judgement

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

Reasons for our judgement

There were effective systems in place to reduce the risk and spread of infection. During our visit we observed the clinic and consultation and treatment rooms to be very clean and hygienically maintained. The consulting and treatment rooms had suitable hand washing facilities and there was personal protective equipment for staff such as liquid soaps, gloves and eye protection.

We found the provider had infection control procedures in place. These included policies on the safe management of sharps, clinical waste and cleaning schedules. These policies and procedures gave staff instructions and guidance about effective safe infection control within the clinic. A cleaning contract was in place to clean the premises six times a week. Procedures were in place to ensure the cleaning contractor undertook regular thorough cleans. We saw appropriately colour coded cleaning materials. Clinical waste was disposed of securely outside the premises and collected by an authorised clinical waste contractor.

Staff training records we examined confirmed that most members of staff had attended training in infection control. Training attended ensured that staff had the knowledge and skills to protect themselves and people using the service from the risk of health care associated infection. We spoke with the registered manager who explained that the clinic has a detailed staff induction period and an employee handbook which contains policies, procedures, information and guidance for staff on infection control and other compulsory knowledge sets. Records we looked at confirmed this.

We found people received care and treatment in a clean environment with infection control measures in place to minimise the risk of infection. We noted that the clinic facilities were well maintained throughout and the clinical areas were clean and tidy.