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Infection control statement

Infection Control Annual Statement 2022

Dolphins Practice


The Annual Statement will be generated each year in 2022 It will summarise:

  • Details of any infection control audits undertaken, as well as actions taken in the last year
  • Significant events relating to infection control and subsequent action plan
  • Details of any infection control risk assessments undertaken and actions taken
  • Review of training, policies, procedures and guidelines
  • Plan for the following year

Infection prevention and Control leadership

  • The IPC lead is Katy Parker – Lead Nurse
  • Supported by: Jayne Harper – Practice Manager

Significant Events

Significant events are any unintended or unexpected event, which could or did lead to harm of one or more patients. This includes incidents which did not cause harm but could have done, or where the event should have been prevented. All significant events are reviewed and discussed within practice meetings and learning is shared with all staff. An action plan will be where change needs to be embedded in Practice

  • In the past year there have been 0 significant events relating to infection control
  • In addition there have been 0 complaints concerning cleanliness in the practice


An infection prevention and control audit is completed annually and resulted in the following actions:

  • Review polices as some have become protocols.
  • Clean the carpet by the main entrance.
  • Ensure all hand wash containers are wall mounted.
  • Report damaged flooring in minor ops room.
  • Report the some clinic rooms do not have hard floors.
  • Replace the sharps container in SB room
  • Formulate a contingency plan for fridge failure.

Policies, Procedures and Guidelines

Policies relating to Infection control are reviewed and updated every 3 years (next due 13/01/2024). However, all policies are amended on an on-going basis as current advice changes.

The following policies and procedures have been reviewed this year:

  • Clostridium Difficile Infection Procedure

Risk Assessments

Risk assessments are carried out and reviewed on a regular basis with the aim of minimising harm to patients and staff.

The following risk assessments have been completed and reviewed this year

  • Carpet in clinic rooms
  • Flammable liquid Risk assessment
  • Vaccination for infectious diseases
  • Portable heater assessment
  • Fire risk assessment
  • Legionella risk assessment


All staff receive training when they join the practice in addition staff have ongoing training annually

Training undertaken this year includes:

  • Infection control
  • Sepsis awareness
  • BLS
  • GDRP
  • Fire Safety
  • Anaphylaxis
  • IG
  • Health and safety
  • Preventing Radicalisation
  • Equality and Diversity
  • Conflict Resolution
  • Safeguarding adults
  • Safeguarding Children
  • Moving and Handling
  • DOLs
  • Record Management
  • MCA

Plan for current year

Continue to complete audits to ensure a safe environment for both patients and staff.

Continue to support training and development for staff.

Continue to work closely with the Patient Participation Group to ensure patients have a voice.


It is the responsibility of all staff members at the Practice to be familiar with this statement and their roles and responsibilities under it

The infection control lead and registered manager are responsible for reviewing and completing all elements of the statement