Describe the roles and responsibilities of staff in relation to infection prevention and control in a health or social care workplace

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P5-Describe the roles and responsibilities of staff in relation to infection prevention and control in a health or social care workplace
In this assignment I am going to be writing about the roles and responsibilities of;

  • Care workers
  • Managers
  • Specialist health workers
  • Environmental health officers
  • Health protection units
  • Non- care workers
  • Visitors

Care workers
Care workers, such as health care assistance, social care assistants and senior health and social care workers, all have different kinds of roles and responsibilities that they have to follow. They have to always be aware of and report changes in the health conditions of the individuals that they support. They also have a responsibility to assist with keeping work areas, and equipment clean, tidy and free from infection hazards. They are also encouraged to maintain good personal hygiene for themselves as well as their service users. For example, helping service users bathe, use the toilet and change remove and dispose of any soiled clothing. Another responsibility they hold is preparing and maintaining environment before and after episodes of patient care.

They are also required to carry out general household duties, including, cleaning and making beds, decontaminating equipment, clearing up any spillages that may occur and disposing of any clinical waste. It is also very important for some specialist care workers, such as senior health and social care workers, to monitor the working methods of members of staff, which means making sure that they are doing their jobs appropriately and to the right standards. They also need to make sure that any potential risks or health hazards are reported to an appropriate person. (Mitchie.V, Baker.L,2008).

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Managers of health and social care settings have a particular responsibility to ensure that the care setting is safe for patients, service users, visitors and members of staff.  They do this by ensuring that an up-to-date infection control policy is written up and includes the roles and responsibilities of all staff in relation to the prevention of infection and what to do if there was an outbreak of infectious disease.They also need to produce reports regularly that describes that the systems in place for prevention and control of infection are working properly and are taken seriously. For example, risk assessments, ...

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This is a very brief report. It discusses the main factors to consider whilst preventing and controlling infectious diseases for each type of health care worker, but much more detail and research could have been added to this. ***