Infection Control Leads

What is an Infection Prevention and Control ( IPC) lead?
The Health and Social Care Act 2008: Code of Practice on the prevention and control of
infections and related guidance, has this guidance:

In a small service providing personal care or accommodation with personal care:

• Someone with appropriate knowledge and skills will become the IPC Lead and take responsibility for infection prevention and cleanliness. This could be the registered provider, registered manager or another member of staff.
What this means for DCC adult provider services in terms of workforce development?
A designated member of staff to use the online resources to ensure all new staff complete the Induction requirements and that staff have access to IC training as appropriate for their role – this can be bite sized sessions in team meetings or small groups or using individual support from shadowing. Use the resources downloadable from the IC pages of this website. The IPC lead can be spilt between responsibility for the annual statement and responsibility for organising staff development. The manager retains overall responsibility for standards.

• Infection prevention and cleanliness programmes and infrastructures will not need to be as complex as in a larger adult social care or health setting. As a minimum the infection control programme should say what:
– infection prevention and cleanliness measures are needed in the service;
– policies, procedures and guidance are needed, and how they will be kept up to date and monitored to make sure they are followed; and
– initial and ongoing training staff will receive
– a record of the names and contact details of health practitioners who can provide advice. General Practitioners and the local primary care trust ICT are likely to be key contacts in the infrastructure; and
– guidance for staff about the type of circumstances in which contact should be made
What this means for DCC adult provider services in terms of workforce development?
Use the Induction guidance ( Care Certificate Standard 15) and Core training resources to support learning and development.
Record achievement on the Service’s training data base.
Retain copies of workbooks, knowledge checks and certificates. Log discussions around IPC in supervisions notes if appropriate.

The IPC Lead will ensure their annual statement for each facility provides a short review of any:
• known outbreaks of infection;
• audits undertaken and subsequent actions;
• action taken following an outbreak of infection;
• risk assessments undertaken for prevention and control of infection;
• training received by staff; and
• review and update of policies, procedures and guidance

DCC has a standardised format for this – available in the County Wide Best Practice folder.

No specific training is needed for the IC Lead role other than time to read the resources and discuss in supervision how standards can be met and maintained.

Useful resources for Managers and Infection Control Leads

 DCC Infection Control Policy & Guidance Note
Prevention and Control of Infection in Care Homes – an information resource (Health Protection Agency)
The Health and Social Care Act 2008: Code of Practice on the prevention and control of infections and related guidance