NHS England and NHS Improvement has produced a range of supporting documents for the National Standards of Healthcare Cleanliness 2021 which apply to all healthcare settings – acute hospitals, mental health, community, primary care, dental care, ambulance trusts, GP surgeries and clinics and care homes, regardless of the way cleaning services are provided. The standards provide clear advice on what cleaning is required and how organisations can demonstrate their cleaning services meet these standards. They are based around: being easy to use; freedom within a framework; fit for the future; efficacy of the cleaning process; cleanliness which provides assurance; and transparency of results.
These documents can be accessed on this link: NHS England » National Standards of Healthcare Cleanliness 2021: Supporting documents.
To further support General Practice, please find below downloads to supporting example documents produced for General Practice:
- National Standards of Healthcare Cleanliness Cleaning Audit Score Sheet – An example adapted for General Practice
- National Standards of Healthcare Cleanliness Efficacy Audit (Checklist)
- Commitment to cleanliness Charters – Examples adapted for General Practice (FR2, FR4 and FR6)
The ‘IPC CQC inspection preparation Pack for General Practice’ has been updated to reflect the National Standards of Healthcare Cleanliness 2021.