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Inspection report

Date of Inspection: 6 January 2012
Date of Publication: 3 February 2012
Inspection Report published 3 February 2012 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

People using the service are protected by effective arrangements based on national guidance for the prevention and control of risks from infection.

User experience

We spoke to two patients who described their experience of cleanliness and infection control. They felt that the clinical areas of the practice were clean and that staff always wore gloves and masks when treating them.

Other evidence

The practice meets the best practice and essential quality requirements for decontamination in primary dental care in all major respects. These requirements are set out in the Department of Health publication ‘Health Technical Memorandum (HTM) 01-05’. There are decontamination and infection control policies which cover all relevant areas. There is a separate decontamination room. This contains an autoclave and a washer disinfector which are both covered by maintenance contracts. Evidence of steam tests on the autoclave were seen. There is a contract for the removal of clinical waste.

An Infection Prevention Society self-assessment audit was carried out on 15 December 2011. This audit identified that a sink in the decontamination room needed replacing so as to remove a plug and an overflow. HTM 01-05 states that hand-washing sinks should not contain plugs or overflows. We were informed by the provider that this work had been arranged to be done. We were also advised that further audits would be carried out on a quarterly basis. There is an appointed member of staff who is the lead for infection control.

Evidence of training in decontamination and infection control was seen. Decontamination and infection control issues are discussed at practice meetings which are held on a monthly basis.