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Cleanliness charter

Derby Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust have signed up to a cleanliness charter which sets out our commitment to ensuring the highest standards of cleanliness and patient safety in our hospitals.of our healthcare facilities.

Keeping the NHS clean and preventing infection is everybody’s responsibility from the chief executive to the cleaner. It is important for the patient, clinical staff, the visitor and the public.

Cleanliness matters, and to ensure consistency throughout the East Midlands, and to support hospitals and healthcare services, this commitment has been adopted in every organisation.

This Charter sets out our commitment to ensure a consistently high standard of cleanliness is delivered in all of our healthcare facilities.

It also sets out how we would like you to help us maintain high standards.

We will:

  • Treat patients in a clean and safe environment and minimise exposure to healthcare associated infections

  • Provide a well maintained, clean and safe environment, using the most appropriate and up to date cleaning methods and frequencies.

  • Maintain fixtures and fittings to an acceptable condition to enable effective and safe cleaning to take place regularly. 

  • Allocate specific roles and responsibilities for cleaning, linked to infection prevention and control, that are underpinned by strong, clear leadership that encourages a culture where cleanliness matters.

  • Have Matrons who will establish and promote a cleanliness culture across their organisation.

  • Constantly review cleanliness and improve performance.

  • Take account of your views about the quality and standards of cleanliness by involving patients and visitors in reporting and monitoring how well we are doing.Provide the public with clear information on any measures which they can take, to assist in the prevention and control of healthcare associated infections.

  • Provide the public with clear and precise information relating to the potential risk of contracting a healthcare associated infection. This will include highlighting other helpful information sources so that patients and public can access up to date local data. 

  • Provide structured and pro-active education and training to ensure all our staff are competent in delivering infection prevention and control practices within the remit of their role.

  • Design any new facilities with ease of cleaning in mind.

We ask patients, visitors and the public to:

  • Follow good hygiene practices which are displayed in and around the organisation.

  • Tell us if you require any further information about cleanliness or prevention of infection.

  • Work with us to monitor and improve standards of cleanliness and prevention of infection.