Importance of Localising Policies & Procedures

To comply with essential quality requirements specified by HTM 01-05 dental practices require a whole range of policies and procedures relating to decontamination and infection control.

Importance of Localising Policies and Procedures

Each individual dental practice should provide detailed written documentation, policy and procedure guidelines. The reason for tailoring policies is to enable staff to follow and adhere to guidelines set out by the practice. 

Templates can be down loaded from the internet to help with this but it is important to remember that it should be tailored to the specific area otherwise a policy or procedure cannot be followed accurately.

The policies and procedures need to be clear, simple and concise so that all members of staff can follow them. 

This is important not only for the practice. Accurate relevant documentation is a requirement of the CQC and is an important factor in providing good quality patient care. It is also relevant to provide this documentation to ensure that health safety requirements are met. 

Local policies should include details of a wide range of policies and procedures relating to the practice including, but not limited to:

  • Infection, prevention and control policy.
  • Hand hygiene policy.
  • Management of sharps policy.
  • Local decontamination policy.
  • Medical devices policy.
  • Waste management policy.
  • Control of substances hazardous to health policy.
  • Standard operating procedures.