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Inspection report

Date of Inspection: 12 June 2013
Date of Publication: 20 July 2013
Inspection Report published 20 July 2013 PDF | 78.54 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 12 June 2013, observed how people were being cared for and checked how people were cared for at each stage of their treatment and care. We spoke with one or more advocates for people who use services, talked with people who use the service and talked with staff.

Our judgement

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

Reasons for our judgement

People received care and treatment in a clean and hygienic environment. There was a policy and procedure which described good infection control practices on the unit and how they needed to be implemented. Records we reviewed confirmed that all staff currently working on the unit had received detailed infection control training to support them to correctly follow the Trust's policy and procedure. Staff wore disposable gloves and aprons that were discarded after each use when applicable. There was also clear hand washing protocols and practices in place to reduce the risk of cross infection. There was a system to report any infection control issues to a lead manager who was responsible for making sure that they were addressed.

There were domestic staff on duty each day and the overall fabric of the unit was clean and well maintained. There was a reliable system in place to clean both communal areas and individual rooms within the unit. We reviewed records detailing the cleaning schedule for each defined area. These were clear, and detailed the way in which each of the cleaning tasks were to be undertaken and the appropriate materials to use.

People who used the service told us that the unit was kept clean and they were confident that a robust approach was adopted towards infection control. One person commented “The place is always clean, the girls are great. We keep our rooms tidy but they make the beds and clean the sinks and stuff every day”.

Records we reviewed confirmed that all staff currently working on the unit had received detailed infection control training to support them to correctly follow the Trust's policy and procedure. They wore disposable gloves and aprons that were discarded after each use when applicable. There was also good hand washing protocols and practices in place to reduce the risk of cross infection.