Neill Simmons highlights the key changes being implemented by the new National Standards of Healthcare Cleanliness 2021 and shares his views on how microfibre cleaning and advances in automated disinfection technology can play a crucial role in protecting patients, staff and visitors across the NHS Acute Estate and other localised medical environments
The importance of hospital decontamination was brought to the public’s attention like never before during the COVID pandemic. However, many will not be aware that the NHS launched new national standards of healthcare cleanliness in April 2021. The programme encourages a collaborative approach between clinical and non-clinical staff to ensure the continuous improvement of cleaning and disinfection throughout the healthcare environment.
Fourteen years after the introduction of the National Specifications for Cleanliness in the NHS, the new standards seek to ‘drive improvement while being flexible enough to meet the different and complex requirements of all healthcare organisations’.1
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