Social Care and Mental Health are regulated by the Health & Social Care Act (originally passed by Parliament in 2008), in which Regulation 12 sets out the framework for a Code of Practice for the prevention and control of infections and related guidance. The Code of Practice was issued in 2010 by the Department of Health and contains 10 criteria.
The regulatory body for healthcare providers, the Care Quality Commission (CQC) was formed under the same legislation and all healthcare providers are now registered with the CQC. The registration framework that is used by the CQC comprises 28 Outcomes (standards), of which 16 are mandatory. One of the mandatory outcomes is Outcome 8, Cleanliness and Infection Control, and in common with the other outcomes, the onus is on the registered provider to provide evidence of compliance. Where non-compliances are identified, registered providers are required to provide action plans to achieve compliance:
Our auditing templates backed up with ATP testing can achieve this outcome for you. See ‘Monitoring’ to fully understand the power of ATP testing.
On Site Audit of Infection Control & Cleaning with ATP Swabbing
(includes 10 swabs)
This is undertaken by one of our Infection Control Team and they will undertake both audits on site and the ATP swabbing. Please see monitoring to fully understand how this ATP testing is done and the benefits to your facility of adding this into your full infection control and cleaning onsite audit day.