Infection Prevention and Control Advice and Guidance.

Our Clinical Director for Infection Prevention and Control is Pat Wadsworth is well placed to provide Infection Prevention and Control Advice and Guidance as an expert in her field. Having worked in the specialist role of Infection Prevention and Control in both the National Health Service (NHS) and the private sector for many years including several different large hospitals (600 beds)  all with additional working responsibilities in the community. Responsible for developing and maintaining Health Act/care Quality Commission (CQC) compliance requirements developing and implementing policies, procedures and risk management are required to meet these requirements.

Advice and Guidance for Your Organisation:

We will visit your site and work with you to ensure your procedures and policies meet the statutory requirements. Contact Pat Wadsworth.

Meet Statutory Requirements:

In order to ensure healthcare establishments provide the comprehensive Infection Prevention and Control required to meet the statutory requirements laid down by both the Department of Health (DH) and the Care Quality Commission (CQC).  Infection Prevention and Control Advice and Guidance from Intrinsic Training provides a unique specialist Infection Prevention and Control service including pro-active advice and guidance towards risk management, audits, training programmes (see courses below), staff support, development of policies and procedures specific to a variety of environments and other infection control services.

The Five Basic Principles of Infection Prevention and Control Standard:

  1. Hand Hygiene is the single most important activity you can do to minimise the risk of spreading disease
  2. Personal Protective Equipment (PPE).
  3. Sharps Injury.
  4. Environmental Cleaning.
  5. Respiratory hygiene/cough etiquette transmission-based precautions (contact, droplet, and airborne).

Please contact Pat Wadsworth at Intrinsic Training Solutions to discuss your requirements by telephoning:01482845358 or emailing: enquiries@intrinsictraining.com or complete our contact form and leave your specific details of your enquiry. Pat Wadsworth will contact you within two working days of your enquiry.

Infection Prevention and Control Specialist Onsite Advice and Guidance Include:

  • Policy development:
    Infection Prevention and Control service provision is required to meet the statutory requirements of both the Department of Health (DH) and the Care Quality Commission (CQC) relating to Infection Prevention and  Control standards.
  • Review of evidence prior to inspection with CQC.
  • New Builds.
  • Refurbishments.
  • Programme Development.
  • Training:
    Develop training the infection prevention and control training of all staff  to meet annual training needs.
  • Investigation:
    Following complaint/serious untoward incident.
  • Risk Assessments.
  • Audits:
    As a requirement of the Health and Social Care Act 2008 all health and social care providers are required to provide adequate facilities, including the environment and patient equipment; which are clean and fit for purpose.
  • Cleanliness of the environment and equipment:
    This is an essential part of infection prevention and control and plays a vital role in the prevention of spread of infection. Each provider should have a strategy in place to assist and maintain very high levels of cleaning standards.  Monitoring these accepted standards of cleanliness can be achieved through regular and consistent auditing.
  • Introduction to the ‘Care Act’.
  • Introduction to the Health Act.
  • Preparation for: Care Quality Commission (CQC)  Inspection for the Health and Social Care Act – The Hygiene Code.
  • Advice and Guidance in Infection Prevention and Control.
Infection Prevention and Control Principles and Practices for Local Health Agencies:
  • Standard Precautionsthe purpose of polices and procedures in place for Infection Prevention and Control is to ensure employees, clients and families are protected against infectious diseases and infections by providing guidelines for their investigation, control and prevention. The starting point with infection prevention and control is developing an infection prevention and control policy. The policy must be live and reviewed where necessary as changes occur. Based on work activities in the work environment, taking into account personnel and others within the environment. The policy should be current and practical to ensure its suitable implementation in the work setting. It should be clear and structured in the work setting, so that the everyone knows what is expected of them.
  • Hand Hygiene.
  • Personal Protective Equipment (PPE):
    The employer must provide and maintain any necessary PPE free of charge to personnel in order for personnel to carry out their duties in an effective manner. The choice of PPE depends on the type of risk. A risk assessment undertaking before choice of PPE.
  • Needlestick and Sharps Injury Prevention.
  • Cleaning and Disinfection.
  • Respiratory Hygiene (Cough Etiquette).
  • Waste Disposal.
  • Safe Injection Practices.
  • Risk Assessment:
    A risk assessment policy should include a requirement that the healthcare business assess infection control risks through development and recording an infection control risk assessment. An infection control risk assessment must be carried out to assess infection hazards and risks and ensure that, where possible, infection risks are eliminated, reduced, contained and managed appropriately. The infection control risk assessment will identify particular tasks that may carry the risk of contamination or the spread of disease.

The precautions and controls put in place must be proportionate to the risks.

Legislation relating to prevention and control of infection

Some of the legislation, guidance and regulations that relate to the control and prevention of infection include the Health Act , Health and Safety at Work Act (HASAWA), the Control of Substances Hazardous to Health (COSHH) and the Reporting of Injury, Disease and Dangerous Occurrences Regulations (RIDDOR).

Available Social Care Courses

Control of Substances Hazardous to Health (COSHH)

Fire Safety Awareness

Food Safety Awareness

Health & Safety Awareness

Inanimate Moving and Handling

Infection Control Awareness

Moving & Handling

Safe Handling and Administration of Medication

References

Prevention and control of infection in care homes – an information resource

Prevention and control of infection in care homes – Summary for staff

Please contact Pat Wadsworth at Intrinsic Training Solutions to discuss your requirements by telephoning:01482845358 or emailing: enquiries@intrinsictraining.com or complete our contact form and leave your specific details of your enquiry. Pat Wadsworth will contact you within two working days of your enquiry.