The Surgery has a system for monitoring infection control to ensure our systems remain safe. The Surgery's infection control policy is here.


Annual Infection Control Statement:  May 2020

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 and annual statement with regard to Compliance with good practice on infection prevention and control.

It summarises:

  • Any infection transmission incidents and any action taken (these will have been reported in accordance with our Significant Event Procedure).
  • Details of any infection control audits undertaken and actions undertaken.
  • Details of any risk assessments undertaken for prevention and control of infection.
  • Details of any staff training.
  • Reviewing and updating of policies, procedures and guidelines.

Infection Transmission Incidents (Significant Events)

Significant events (which may involve examples of good practice as well as challenging events) are investigated in detail to see what can be learnt and to indicate changes that might lead to future improvements.  All significant events are reviewed and discussed in the time in session and cascaded to all relevant staff, and logged on GPTN.

Newburn Surgery has:

  • Reviewed and updated our annual infection control updates for both clinical and non-clinical staff.
  • Followed new guidelines with additional measures around infection control have been actioned due to Covid -19. This includes increase in use of PPE, risk assessments on staff and premises.
  • Ensured all infection control guidance remains accessible to all staff via Clarity Teamnet
  • Staff training is recorded on individual staff records in Clarity Teamnet

Infection Prevention Audits and Actions

The Annual Infection Prevention and Control audit was completed in May 2020 by Sister Elaine Robinson who is the Infection Control Lead

Audit Results

  • New addition to waste management policy which states that parents take dirty nappies home with them
  • More posters have been placed around the surgery with guidance for hand sanitising and handwashing.
  • A new protocol is in place for the cleaning and defrosting of surgery fridges.
  • There are some surgery repairs and renewals identified i.e. staff toilets which can only be actioned after guidelines on Covid – 19. This is included in the surgery premises plan.

Risk Assessments

Risk assessments are carried out so that best practice can be established and then followed. 

In the recent weeks the following risk assessments were carried out due to Covid-19. This is not a full list as there are many guidelines working due to Covid - 19. Guidleines have been followed and staff can access all information, including regular updates on Clarity Teamnet as well as discussions in meetings.

  • Staff at high risk of Covid - 19 and the measures we needed to take to protect them.
  • PPE requirements. Upgraded requirements.
  • Staff safety in the work place including physical barrier screening and maintaining social distancing.
  • Patient safety in the surgery including health screening,  physical barrier screening and maintaining social distancing.

Other risk assessments include:

  • Immunisation: As a practice we ensure that all our staff are up to date with their Hepatitis B immunisations and offered any occupational health vaccinations applicable to their role (i.e. MMR, Seasonal Flu). We take part in the National Immunisation campaigns for patients and offer vaccinations in house and via home visits to our patient population.
  • Curtains: Disposable curtains are used in clinical rooms and are changed every 6 months according to manufacturer instruction.  All curtains are regularly reviewed and changed more frequently if damaged or soiled.


  • All our staff receives annual training in infection prevention and control.
  • The staff either attends an annual Infection Control Update or complete an e-learning update.


All Infection Prevention Control related policies are in date.

  • Policies relating to Infection Control are available to all staff and are reviewed and updated annually, and all are amended on an on-going basis as current advice, guidance and legislation changes. 
  • Infection Control policies are available on Clarity Teamnet for all staff to read.


It is the responsibility of each individual to be familiar with this Statement and their roles and responsibilities under this.

Responsibility for Review

The Infection Prevention and Control Lead and the Practice Manager are responsible for reviewing and producing the Annual Statement.


Completed by:

Julie Dixon: Practice manager

Elaine Robinson: Advanced Nurse Practitioner and Infection Control Nurse Lead.



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