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Further drop in
Satisfactory to Excellent
NHS infections
The Balfour Beatty Workplace at the University In a series of open and honest meetings
Hospital of North Durham has received fantastic between the Domestic Services management
The Health Protection Agency (HPA) has
PEAT (Patient Environment Action Team) scores team and Cleanwise, the advantages of having
recently published its latest quarterly figures on
following the successful implementation of the the ability to train in-house were clearly
MRSA bloodstream infections and C. difficile
BICSc COPC training scheme for Domestic identified. The decision was made to adopt
infections for the April to June 2009 period.
Staff thanks to Cleanwise.
both the Healthcare Professional Cleaning
Certificate (HPCC) Scheme and the Cleaning
The latest figures on
Terry Brymer, Hotel Services Manager, contacted
Cleanwise regarding the scheme and the best
Operatives Proficiency Certificate (COPC)
MRSA bloodstream
way to set up their own BICSc centre to enable
Scheme. Overall, 12 members of the
infections show that there
continuity of training across their hospital.
management and supervisory team were
were 509 cases reported identified as potential trainers and assessors
in England during the April
The scheme was established by training core
and the relevant training was completed over
to June quarter of 2009.
staff to both Trainer and Assessor levels. The
3 months. This was at a considerable saving
This represents a 39.3%
University Hospital of North Durham achieved
compared to the original request to train 180
decrease in cases from the same quarter of
the necessary criteria of a BICSc training
domestic staff.
last year (April to June 2008) when 839 cases
centre and ongoing support by the training
were reported and a 26.7% decrease from the
provider has ensured success.
As an additional benefit, whilst staff turnover is
lower than average for the industry, there are
previous quarter (January to March 2009)
“BICSc training has made all the staff focus,
still staff changes. Milton Keynes General
when 694 cases were reported.
on both the standards they can achieve and the
Hospital now has the ability to use their in-
safest working practises. As someone new to
The latest C. difficile figures show a 37% drop
house team to train and certificate all new staff
the Industry it provided a valuable insight to
from last year, with 6,855 cases reported in
me personally.
in the BICSc Schemes.
patients aged two years and over during the April
to June 2009 quarter down from 10,883 cases in
“We really enjoyed the training we received
The Milton Keynes General Hospital has since
the same period of last year.
and we try to pass this enjoyment on with our
been awarded the prestigious Doreen Hayes
own staff training. The training would not be so
Award at the September BICSc (British
The good news comes after the Care Quality
successful without the great support and back
Institute of Cleaning Science) Dinner. This
Commission recently identified 21 trusts in
up from our line managers Terry Brymer and
award is presented for HPCC (Healthcare
England which were not doing enough in areas
Ivan Gudgin,” said Peter Holden, Assistant
Professional Cleaning Certificate) Provision in
such as cleanliness and decontamination.
Hotel Services Manager.
a NHS Trust.
The hospitals faced closure if services were
not improved and this warning seems to have
The model used at University Hospital of North
These two hospitals have clearly demonstrated
had a positive effect on infection control.
Durham was successfully implemented and
the value that site specific training to
honed at Milton Keynes General Hospital with
Internationally recognized standards can bring,
Dr Christine McCartney, Executive Director for their in-house team. When the training needs
not only in the measurable improvement to
the HPA’s Healthcare Associated Infection and
at Milton Keynes General Hospital were
cleaning standards but also in the
Anti-Microbial Resistance Programme said:
identified, the original thought was to source
immeasurable value of raising staff morale.
training for all the domestic staff.
“The continued reductions in healthcare
associated infections over the past year and in
recent months show that infection control is
still top of the agenda for the NHS and tackling
‘No shows’ cost NHS
healthcare associated infections remain a
It has been reported that between 2007 and 2008,
priority for the NHS.
6.5 million appointments were missed in the UK,
“These are impressive results but we cannot
which accumulates to a loss of around £100 per
afford to become complacent. Health workers
patient in revenue.
must continue to use effective infection control
It is now thought that patients who fail to keep hospital
measures in order to drive down infections
appointments will cost the NHS more than £600 million a year, which is
enough to run two medium-sized hospitals.
To view the Healthcare-Associated Infections It doesn’t bear thinking what a difference £600 million would make to the overall health
in England: 2008-2009 Report CLICK HERE. and hygiene facilities available.
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