West Hampshire CCG supports quality in primary care and welcomes the opportunity to work with practices to support their infection prevention agenda.
The CCG has a dedicated Infection Prevention Nurse Specialist that practices can access for advice.
Help preparing for Care Quality Commission (CQC) visits
The CCG has been offering local practices the opportunity to participate in preparatory CQC style Outcome 8 inspections. The purpose of these visits is to identify areas of good practice and to provide specialist advice where practices may need help in complying with the Code of Practice on the prevention and control of infections and related guidance (2008). The advice is based on the best available evidence and aims to be proportional to the risks associated with primary care and the types of interventions being performed. The infection prevention service is very much a voluntary partnership between the CCG and primary care. All visits are initiated on the request of the practice concerned.
If you are a healthcare professional and your practice is interested in a supportive visit, please contact Matthew Richardson. If you are a patient and would like further information, please contact us by clicking here.
The Role of the Infection Prevention & Control Lead (Primary Care)
The Code of Practice on the prevention and control of infections and related guidance (2008) requires every Primary Care provider to have an Infection Prevention and Control (IPC) Lead.
The IPC Lead is responsible for the local infection prevention and control programme. Briefly, this involves identifying the risks to the practice, its patients and staff from infection, and taking responsibility for implementing and monitoring actions to manage those risks. Further details on the role and suggestions for responsibilities to be included in their job descriptions can be found here: The Role of the Infection Prevention and Control Lead.
Completing the Annual Statement for Infection Prevention and Control (Primary Care)
It is a requirement of The Health and Social Care Act 2008 Code of Practice on the prevention and control of infections and related guidance that the Infection Prevention and Control Lead produces an annual statement with regard to compliance with good practice on infection prevention and control and makes it available for anyone who wishes to see it, including patients and regulatory authorities. A template to help practices can be found here: Infection Prevention and Control Annual Statement
Induction and On-going Education for Primary Care workers
The Code of practice on the prevention and control of infections and related guidance (revised July 2015) requires appropriate induction and on-going education for all Primary Care workers to protect staff and patients. Further details on education requirements with a suggested training matrix can be found here: IPC Education Requirements August 2015.pdf [pdf] 320KB