P_IPC_02 Community Hospitals Cleaning Strategy and Operational Cleaning Plan
Providing a clean and safe environment for healthcare is a key priority for the Trust. It also recognises the role cleaning has in ensuring that the risk to patients from healthcare associated infections is reduced to a minimum.
The Code of Practice for the prevention and control of healthcare associated infections (the hygiene code) outlines the Trust's duty to provide and maintain a clean and appropriate environment. The National Patient Safety Agency (NPSA) document places further responsibility on NHS trusts to ensure that local provision of cleaning services is adequately resourced, clearly defined through a strategic cleaning plan, with clear cleaning schedules and frequencies.