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Inspection report

Date of Inspection: 9 May 2013
Date of Publication: 15 June 2013
Inspection Report published 15 June 2013 PDF | 87.53 KB

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 9 May 2013, observed how people were being cared for and talked with people who use the service. We talked with carers and / or family members and talked with staff.

Our judgement

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

Reasons for our judgement

We talked to staff who described arrangements for infection control which were consistent with the level of personal care provided by Ablewell Care. Staff confirmed that they had open access to appropriate personal protective clothing such as gloves and aprons and carried sufficient supplies for the people they were visiting. We observed staff wearing these items during our visit to a person’s home.

All the people who used the service confirmed that they were satisfied with the standards of cleanliness provided by staff. They each confirmed that any waste materials were bagged and placed in their outside bin. People who used the service told us “they always clear up after themselves”, “they always dispose of everything properly”, and “they always wear aprons and gloves”.

Staff told us that they were provided with relevant infection control training during their induction. We found that Ablewell Care had a full infection control policy which emphasised the importance of staff remaining away from work if they had an infection, the importance of thorough hand washing as well as procedures for managing blood borne viruses, and contaminated materials. The policy required that if staff themselves had an infection they would be asked to stay at home and not to work until they had received medical clearance.

The manager of the service was responsible for infection control and they told us that they could call upon the district nursing service for support if required. They told us that they maintained oversight of infection control procedures through staff supervision and by spot checks. This meant that there were effective systems in place to reduce the risk and spread of infection.