The latest edition of the ‘IPC CQC inspection preparation Pack for Care Homes’ is now available.
The Pack has undergone a comprehensive review. Firstly, we have responded to feedback received and have modified the Pack format to make it more user friendly, especially in relation to navigating your way through the Pack. Secondly, we have reviewed every resource within the Pack, removing those that are now obsolete, making minor changes where indicated and totally revamping several key resources as follows:
Resource 1.1: Code of practice compliance: Annual IPC Assurance Tool for Care Homes
This was formerly the Checklist for compliance with the ‘Code of Practice for Care Homes’ which has been revised in accordance with the December 2022 revision of the Health and Social Care Act 2008: code of practice on the prevention and control of infection and related guidance (Code of practice). Annual completion of this Assurance Tool will assist you in providing evidence of compliance with the Code of practice.
Resource 2.1: Monitoring and audit review timescales for Care Homes
All IPC audits and assessments are now recommended to be carried out either monthly or yearly.
Resource 2.2: Standard infection control precautions (SICPs): Annual IPC Audit Tool for Care Homes
This was formerly the ‘Annual Infection Prevention and Control Audit Tool of compliance (Environment, IPC Policies and Practice) for Care Homes’. The duplication between this and other assurance and audit tools has been eliminated and this annual assurance tool is now designed to use in conjunction with Resource 1.1 and the other audit tools within the Pack.
Resource 2.3: Aseptic technique competency: Annual Assessment Tool for Care Homes
The former two part assessment record and audit tool has been consolidated into a single assessment tool and additional information has been added to support assessors to carry out these assessments fairly and with equity.
Resource 3.14: Respiratory and cough hygiene Poster
This new Poster has been added to the Pack.
Resource 4.4: Job description addendum – ‘Community Infection Prevention and Control’ and ‘Designated IPC Lead’
The job description addendum for all staff has been modified and an additional job description addendum for the Designated IPC Lead has been added to reflect the requirements of the Code of practice.