Infection Prevention and Control
Staff at all levels of our organisation are aware of the essential need and responsibility to maintain high standards of infection control at all times.
We have a dedicated team in place who ensure effective arrangements are in place for the provision of a full infection control service including policy production, surveillance, audits, education and training.
Each year we run a totally in-house programme to ensure a high uptake of seasonal flu immunisation, to protect patients, clients, staff and their families. All employees are offered the immunisation. In 2015/16, 54% of our staff had the jab at work (the average uptake of frontline clinical staff in England is 49.5%)
In the past year we have also held two immunisation study days to help reinforce best practice. These were attended by 131 staff, local clinicians and pharmacists.
We also established a ‘link nurse’ system for GP surgeries in our area to share information and enable formal, two-way communication between our specialist team and the nurses in the clinical setting. We have a similar link nurse system with local care homes, which currently includes around 90% of the care homes in Great Yarmouth and Waveney.