Infection Control Annual Statement 2023
This annual statement will be generated each year in accordance with the requirements of The Health and Social Care Act 2008 Code of Practice on the prevention and control of infections and related guidance. It summarises:
- Any infection transmission incidents and any action taken (these will have been reported in accordance with our Significant Learning Events Procedure)
- Details of any infection control audits undertaken and actions undertaken
- Details of any risk assessments undertaken for prevention and control of infection
- Details of staff training
- Any review and update of policies, procedures and guidelines
Infection Prevention and Control (IPC) Lead
Hyde Park Surgery has one lead for Infection Prevention and Control: Sister Rekaya Jeffers, Practice Nurse.
The IPC Lead is supported by Helen Craggs, Assistant Practice Manager.
Infection Transmission Incidents (Significant Learning Events)
Significant Learning events (which may involve examples of good practice as well as challenging events) are investigated in detail to see what can be learnt and to indicate changes that might lead to future improvements. All learning events are reviewed in the practice staff meetings and learning is cascaded to all relevant personnel.
In the past year there have been no learning events raised that related to infection control.
Infection Prevention Audit and Actions
The Annual Infection Prevention and Control audit for Hyde Park surgery was completed by Rekaya Jeffers and Helen Craggs in December 2023.
As a result of the audit, the following things have been changed or are currently being reviewed:
- Due to retirement of a practice nurse, Rekaya Jeffers is now the lead nurse for infection control and all policies and documents have been updated.
Risk assessments are carried out so that best practice can be established and then followed. In the last year the following risk assessments were carried out:
Immunisations: As a practice we ensure that all of our staff are up to date with their Hepatitis B immunisations and offered any occupational health vaccinations applicable to their role (ie MMR, seasonal flu).
Cleaning specifications: We have a cleaning specification and frequency policy which our cleaners and staff work to.
All our staff receive annual training in infection prevention and control and hand hygiene.
All hand washing facilities for patients and staff have a pictorial display of correct hand washing techniques.
All Infection Prevention and Control related policies are in date for this year.
Policies relating to Infection Prevention and Control are available to all staff and are reviewed and updated annually by Rekaya Jeffers and Helen Craggs, and all are amended on an on-going basis as current advice, guidance and legislation changes. Infection control policies are available to staff for reading on the shared drive.
It is the responsibility of each individual to be familiar with this statement and their roles and responsibilities under this.
Responsibility for Review
The Infection Prevention and Control Lead and the IPC support lead are responsible for reviewing and producing the Annual Statement.
A copy of this Annual Statement will be uploaded to our practice website, and we will notify patients of any seasonal or other outbreaks that they may need to be aware of via posters in the surgery and on our website.