The CQC has outlined its plans to monitor infection prevention and control (IPC) in care settings over the winter months.
More than 400 IPC inspections have been completed by the regulator with plans for a further 500 care home inspections by the end of November.
Kate Terroni, Chief Inspector of Adult Social Care, (pictured) said: “We’re committed to ensuring safe, effective, compassionate and high-quality care and are working with the Department of Health and Social Care and others to support the care system through winter.
“By monitoring and inspecting these care locations, we will help to ensure appropriate and personalised care for those who are being discharged from hospital with a confirmed COVID diagnosis, as well as supporting providers to protect against the spread of COVID in care homes.”
Possible enforcement action where concerns are found could include the public provision of actions a provider must take, restricting a service’s operation or in cases of significant concern, the closure of a service.
The CQC outlined the following eight areas it is looking at when carrying out inspections:
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 to and take up of testing for staff and people using services?
Does 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 IPC policy up to date and implemented effectively to prevent and control infection?
The CQC said it would also continue to share best practice through its Provider Collaboration Rreview (PCR) programme.
To find out more about the inspection programme, click here.
Information on the CQC’s Infection Prevention Control assurances is able here.