The Care Quality Commission (CQC) investigation has highlighted multiple fire related areas for improvements across GP surgeries.
The CQC has been inspecting surgeries across Manchester and Cheshire this year, inspectors were sent to make sure surgeries are providing patients with a safe and effective service. Surgeries were then rated outstanding, good, requires improvement, or inadequate.
The main areas for improvement across the region were:
It is recommended that at least 30% of your staff should be trained as a Fire Warden, these will be the designated people who take charge during a fire. The purpose of the Fire Warden is to lead people off the premises during an emergency situation. More information can be gained from our Fire Warden Training 101 blog.
Fire Risk Assessments are required under the Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005 and will highlight any potential fire hazards on site. A Fire Risk Assessment should be updated every 3 years or whenever there is a change to the layout of the premises and be reviewed every 12 months. View our FRA & Fire Training – Keeping Up-to-date blog for more information on your Fire Risk Assessment.
Evacuation process including fire drills.
Under the Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005, it is a legal requirement to ensure the safe evacuation of all relevant persons who may be on your premises or in an area under your control. ‘Relevant persons’ can include staff, contractors, disabled persons and members of the public. If you require more information, our Guide to Speed Up Your Fire Evacuation Process can be viewed here.