PERFORMANCE: Plymouth Community Healthcare has had no cases clostridium difficile in the past 12 months.

The social enterprise, formerly the provider arm of NHS Plymouth, has seen the number of cases of C difficile more than halve from nine cases in 2009-10 to four cases in 2010-11 and now to zero in 2011-12. Rates of MRSA (Methicillin Resitant Staphylococcal Aureus) have remained consistently low with only five cases in the last year while MRSA Bacteraemia rates are zero.

Director of infection prevention and control, Brenda Dale, said: “All of our staff including clinicians, domestic staff and estates take pride in the environment and appreciate how a clean, well maintained environment is essential for good patient care. This can reduce the risk of cross transmission of infections from the environment and equipment to patients and staff.”