CQC praises care providers for infection control but flags up areas for improvement

CQC praises providers for infection control but flags up areas for improvement

Most care providers have responded to Covid-19 well, but there were gaps in assurance in effective use of personal protective equipment (PPE) and having up-to-date policies. These were the findings of CQC’s Infection Prevention and Control (IPC) report.

The report looked at how well IPC measures protected staff and people living in the care homes.

Inspections took place at 301 care homes where IPC was potentially done well and 139 that were risk-based.

CQC looked at assurance overall and across eight questions:

  • Are all types of visitors prevented from catching and spreading infection?
  • Are shielding and social distancing rules complied with?
  • Are people admitted into the service safely?
  • Does the service use PPE effectively to safeguard staff and people using services?
  • Is there adequate access and take up of testing for staff and people using services?
  • Do the layout of premises, use of space and hygiene practice promote safety?
  • Do staff training, practices and deployment show the service can prevent and/or manage outbreaks?
  • Is the IPC policy up-to-date and implemented effectively to prevent and control infection?

Overall, CQC found a high level of assurance in the eight questions, with assurance in all eight questions at 288 of the 440 inspections. Effective use of PPE and having up-to-date policies had the most gaps in assurance.

Kate Terroni

Kate Terroni, chief inspector of Adult Social Care said “As this report shows, most care providers that we have inspected have shown they are responding to the challenges of infection prevention control well, under these extraordinary circumstances.

“We have seen some providers using innovative and exciting practices to keep people safe. They have been supported by staff who have gone the extra mile to keep the people in their care healthy, stimulated, and as independent as possible, while keeping family members and carers informed and engaged.”

CQC hopes to use these findings and future data to analyse the difference that good practice makes in dealing with outbreaks.

Read the full report here.

By Bethany Hemsley

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