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Noble's Thinks Clean 18 November 2004

Noble's Hospital has been recognised nationally as an example of best practice in the new UK government initiative, 'A Matrons Charter: An Action Plan for Cleaner Hospitals'.

This Charter sets out ten broad principles for delivering cleaner hospitals. The principles outline that cleanliness is everyone's responsibility, not just domestics and those with a responsibility for cleaning. Even with the most robust cleaning systems in hospital, standards of cleanliness cannot be improved without everyone taking part in working tidily, cleaning up after themselves, and seeing things through the patient's eyes.

Noble's Hospital has been recognised for a project set up in 2002, The Infection Control Link Practitioner System. The scheme now boasts over 40 practitioners including Registered Nurses, Ambulance, Radiology and Occupational Therapy staff. These practitioners are role models for infection control within the organisation. The group recently led the implementation of cleaning schedules tackling problems of cleaning particular categories of equipment.

Link Practitioner (Outpatients Department) Cathy Dale said:

"The organisation is very supportive of the Link Practitioner System - they have given us time to develop schedules and to attend meetings, and our internal audit results have recently confirmed the effectiveness of our new cleaning schedules."

In early 2005 both Specialist Nurses in Infection Control, Margaret Kermode and Elizabeth Sawyer and Ward Manager, Jackie Crellin, will take part in the National 'Think Clean Campaign', which involves visiting UK Trust hospitals promoting the Charter in relation to cleaner hospitals and the reduction of healthcare acquired infections.

Ward Managers and Senior Nurses are key in leading this initiative.

Jackie Crellin, Ward Manager on Ward 4 at Noble's Hospital said:

"Myself and my colleagues are ready for the challenges presented in the Charter. We recognise that promoting a cleaner hospital environment is everyone's responsibility, teamwork and working together is vital. However, we know that Ward Managers have overall responsibility for the standards and monitoring of cleaning in our wards."

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