Leading care home provider, HC-One, has established an Infection Control Army of more than 800 colleagues to defend its care homes against coronavirus.
All members of the Infection Control Army have completed additional infection control training so that they are equipped with the knowledge and expertise to coach, train and mentor colleagues on an ongoing basis and uphold the highest possible cleaning standards to keep residents, colleague and visitors safe.
This is on top of the infection control training every colleague receives as part of their induction when they join HC-One and the new modules that have been added throughout the pandemic to reflect changes to government guidance.
Every care home has a Housekeeping Champion and a Care and Clinical Champion who are members of the Infection Control Army. Their responsibilities include ensuring all colleagues remain confident in the infection control measures in place, including the effective use of Personal Protective Equipment (PPE), regular handwashing and social distancing as well as enhanced cleaning and decontamination procedures. They are also supporting colleagues with ongoing training and competency assessments and assisting the network of champions with any queries they may have.
Liz Whyte, Director of Standards and COVID-19 Lead, (pictured) said: “We would like to say a special thank you to all of our colleagues who have put themselves forward to be part of the HC-One Infection Control Army and who are leading the way in protecting our residents and colleagues against the virus. Your hard work and commitment to protecting lives and fighting the virus is outstanding.”