Infection Prevention Control Annual Statement

Infection Prevention Control (IPC) lead

At Northway Medical Centre, the IPC lead is Clare Dolan Nurse Practitioner supported by Penny Massey Nursing Assistant and Dr Helen Moran (GP Partner)

1.1 Responsibilities

The IPC leads are responsible for promoting good infection control practice within Northway Medical Centre. They are to ensure that:

  • They provide timely advice to colleagues, service users and relatives (where applicable)
  • Training is provided regarding the standard principles of infection prevention control, specifically training in hand decontamination, the use of PPE and the safe use of and disposal of sharps (this list is not exhaustive)
  • Appropriate supplies of sharps containers, PPE and materials for hand decontamination are available

1.2 Decontamination of clinical waste via our clinical waste service provider Stericycle.

1.3 Risk assessments

Risk assessments are undertaken to control risks in the workplace.

1.4 Recommendations

Following our internal and external risk assessments, any recommendations are made made/actions taken where appropriate

1.5 Significant events

Significant event analysis (SEA) should act as a learning process for the whole organisation as significant events can reflect good as well as poor practice. In relation to infection control, this practice will raise significant events where felt appropriate.

1.6 Audit

Audit is an essential component of any infection prevention and control strategy. At Northway Medical Centre we take part in NHS England Public Health 3 yearly audits and carry out our own annual interi, audits between these times. Our next external audit review is due to be carried out on Thursday 29th July 2021.

Following agreement of audit activity, further detailed information regarding these and any subsequent action plans can be provided by either the audit lead or IPC lead.

2 Summary

Staff at Northway Medical Centre fully support the Infection Prevention Control lead in maintaining high standards of infection prevention and cleanliness.

Promoting these high standards and then providing evidence of our organisation’s compliance is essential for reputational purposes coupled with the need to maintain high levels of both patient and staff safety.