To ask the Secretary of State for Health what research has been (a) commissioned and (b) evaluated on the effectiveness of one-off deep cleaning of hospitals in preventing the spread of healthcare-associated infections.
As set out in the written ministerial statement on
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 in 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 Department of Health national core standards; health care Commission in-patient survey scores; and infection rates.