Pinehill Hospital is the first Ramsay Hospital in the UK to be awarded Bronze accreditation for recognition of its Aseptic Non –Touch Techniques.
The staff at Pinehill Hospital are delighted to have been awarded this accreditation for the Non-Touch technique (ANTT) by The Association for Safe Aseptic Practice (ASAP).
Healthcare providers internationally are increasingly required to demonstrate effective clinical governance to regulators and the public for the critical clinical competency of aseptic technique. For example, in the UK, the Care Quality Commission (CQC) assess organisational requirements for aseptic technique as stipulated in the Health and Social Care Act 2008 (DH2010, 2015).
ANTT® Accreditation, overseen freely by The-Association for Safe Aseptic Practice, provides healthcare organisations with a mechanism by which to demonstrate effective clinical governance for aseptic technique, and their commitment to infection prevention and patient safety. Accreditation criteria is based upon the following pre-requisites:
- 1. ANTT® Policy
- 2. ANTT® Education
- 3. ANTT® Assessment
- 4. ANTT® Monitoring
Ensuring effective clinical governance for aseptic technique across large healthcare provider organisations is best not underestimated; For example, ensuring hand hygiene competency and compliance in healthcare alone has proved highly problematic and challenging for over two decades; Effective aseptic technique includes hand hygiene plus a number of other critical components. Therefore, achieving robust and effective ANTT® takes times and organisational ambition. Having three levels of accreditation reflects this challenge, and enables organisations to demonstrate their commitment to patient safety from the beginning.We are thrilled to have achieve this award and are now working hard towards the Silver standard.