Hospitals: Cleaning Services

Health written question – answered at on 31 January 2008.

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Photo of Mark Pritchard Mark Pritchard Conservative, The Wrekin

To ask the Secretary of State for Health what measurements will be used to assess the effectiveness of the deep cleaning of hospitals in England.

Photo of Ann Keen Ann Keen Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Health Services), Department of Health

As set out in the written ministerial statement made by my right hon. Friend the Secretary of State on 17 January 2008, Hansard, columns 38-39WS, following completion of the deep clean of the national health service on 31 March 2008, the Department will work with strategic health authorities (SHAs) to draw up examples of where a deep clean has had a demonstrable effect in improving patient care and experience and will share these across the NHS.

SHAs will take the lead on evaluation locally as the impact of each trust's programme will be different and no single measurement method will pick up all the benefits, particularly as trusts may be implementing a range of measures to improve cleanliness and tackle healthcare associated infections.

Improvements to patient experience and environment may be measurable through:

Patient Environment Action Team scores; scores on national specifications for cleanliness; compliance with the Code of Practice for the Prevention and Control of Healthcare Associated Infections; compliance with the Department's national core standards;

Healthcare Commission in-patient survey scores; and infection rates.

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