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The 2021 National Healthcare Standards – What’s changed?

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The what?

The new National Standards of Healthcare Cleanliness 2021 were released in April 2021. It has been reported in GP Practice Management circles, as recently as September 2021, that the release of these new standards was done rather ‘quietly and without any fanfare’, with some even saying that Primary Care has been ‘kept in the dark’.

The new standards state that “The National standards of healthcare cleanliness 2021 (the national standards) 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 new standards replace the National specifications for cleanliness in the NHS 2007 (and amendments) and primary care settings will have to become compliant with the new standards as these have been adopted by the CQC.

If you haven’t seen these new standards yet, then please follow the link below:

https://www.england.nhs.uk/wp-content/uploads/2021/04/B0271-national-standards-of-healthcare-cleanliness-2021.pdf

What’s covered?

After an Executive Summary (which states “Healthcare establishments must be able to demonstrate how and to what standard they are being cleaned.”) and an introduction, the main sections of the standards document cover the following headings:

  • General principals and definitions of cleaning and disinfection.
    • This provides a clear definition of the terms ‘Cleaning’, ‘Disinfection’, ‘Sterilisation’ and ‘Decontamination’ and explains that these are not interchangeable terms.
  • Cleaning responsibilities.
    • Explains how to assign the responsibility for specific cleaning functions.
  • Safe cleaning frequencies
    • An appendix provides baseline required frequencies for healthcare organisations.
  • Risk categories and standards for functional areas.
    • This covers how to assess all functional areas and assign them the appropriate Functional Risk Category (FR1 to FR6).
  • Effective cleaning and infection prevention and control.
    • This provides guidance on classification of infection risk and practical advice on methodology including colour-coding, protection, hygiene, training, uniforms and waste management.
    • Policies and strategic planning.
  • Auditing and monitoring information.
    • Principals and scoring.
  • Audit process.
    • Technical, efficacy and external auditing.
  • Advice on digital and technological auditing.
  • PLACE and the National standards.
    • Encourages patient-led assessments of cleaning standards (however, this is mainly in connection to hospital and hospices).
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QMC Domestic Services

Some of these requirements may seem a little daunting for those in primary care, GP surgeries and clinics without large IPC teams. But there’s no need to panic – Help is at hand.

Ideal Cleaning Services provide daily cleaning services to NHS Trusts, Sexual Health Clinics, GP Practices, Dental Clinics and Vaccination Centres.

We are conversant with the new standards, Functional Risk Categories, performance parameters and cleaning frequencies and the Auditing and Monitoring principals for the new national standards.

We can help you determine the Functional Risk Category of each room, agree the responsibilities framework and train our staff on the appropriate cleaning methods and frequencies for each area. Our Area Supervisors will then undertake a regime of audits and inspections to provide you with the required Auditing and Monitoring information.

If you would like us to visit you and discuss how we can help you comply with the new requirements, then please contact us at sales@idealcleaning.co.uk

We’ll undertake a free site survey and provide you with a no-obligation proposal and quotation.

The IDEAL Way To Get Ready For Christmas

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At Ideal, we always get into the festive mood for Christmas; mainly because food is involved. We have put together a list of ideas that will get you and your work colleagues ready for Christmas.

Decorate The Office

Not everyone enjoys or celebrates Christmas, so it’s best to not decorate the whole building with eye catching tinsel. However, for those who want to celebrate Christmas, you could decorate your work space i.e. your desk, with lots of festive trimmings!

Maybe you could put up a Christmas tree that has been decorated with far too many baubles. To really give your office that extra cosiness, put up some festive lights around your door frames and window sills. Another idea would be to put a bit of tinsel around your computer monitor.

There’s absolutely no shame if you want to go over the top and decorate your workspace from top to bottom- go for it!

Have a Good Ol’ Fuddle

Let’s face it. We all LOVE Christmas food. Mince pies, sausage rolls, ginger bread men or chocolate- we’ll have them all!

If you really want to impress your fellow colleagues then go all out and bake homemade goodies. Try searching for delicious ideas on Pinterest or Instagram.

If you’re not really a star baker, a trip to the supermarket will suffice (I don’t think it’s considered festive to poison your colleagues)

Secret Santa

I love Secret Santa, even though it never stays a secret. You always end up spilling the beans on who you have, nevertheless, it’s fun to do.

You don’t have to have a big budget. I know you spend the majority your life with the people you work with, but a £5 gift is more than enough to show them you care; just make sure the budget it communicated to everyone before you take part.

Also, please try to refrain from buying any inappropriate or offensive gifts!

Christmas Gift Wrapped With A Bow

Get Out Your Best Festive Jumper

An ugly one, one that plays music, one that lights up or a subtle one. You could do a best /worst jumper contest if you are really competitive. Or for all of you Christmas loving lot, why not go extreme and come to work dressed as Santa?

Charity Christmas Raffle

It’s always good to give at Christmas. Ideal always partake in a Christmas Charity Raffle. Instead of Christmas cards, employees at Ideal donate money to Charity. Half of the money will go to Charity and the other half goes towards a prize.

Office Party

I think I speak on behalf of everyone when I say we wait all year for the Christmas Party to arrive. Christmas Parties don’t always have to include alcohol either. A fun activity could be something which the Head Office employees at Ideal participated in recently, an Escape Room, not only is it team building, it’s also fun too!

For the more traditional lot, it’s nice to put on your glad rags and go for a nice meal and a “few” drinks. There’s nothing like an awkward/funny drunken office story.

two girls celebrating

Two Women At Party Drinking Champagne

Once the festivities are over and you need to complete “operation clean up” – contact Ideal to arrange a free quotation on 0115 913 2222; or via email sales@idealcleaning.co.uk
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Eco-Friendly Cleaning: Why is it important to us?

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Eco-Friendly Cleaning Products: Why are they important to us?

Having a clean environment should be important for businesses- Large or Small! Not only can a clean environment help improve safety; it can also help improve productivity, stop the spread of disease and promote a professional looking business. Although your grandparents swore by using baking soda and vinegar, it was still seen as “hippie” to use eco- friendly products. Nowadays, a lot more people are trying to help preserve what is good in the environment.

The main purpose of using eco-friendly cleaning products, in essence, is to keep both the environment and living beings healthy. So it’s time to throw out all of the chemically-based cleaning products and welcome the benefits of using these products:-

Safer to Use

The chemicals used in many cleaning products are harsh. The toxins in these products can cause skin/eye irritation and lead to respiratory issues. However, eco-friendly cleaning products do not contain such harsh chemicals. Green cleaning products include ingredients that are natural and are less likely to aggravate allergies.

Protect Our Planet

Using green products prevents air and water pollution, protecting our environment for the future generation and all living things. We know this at Ideal and this is why we aim to use clean vehicles (see our other blog here) and products in our cleans. We also sell green products from our sister company, BMS Janitorial. If you also want to use environmental products give them a call on: 0115 913 2200.

eco friendly earth

Eco friendly earth

Leaves a Pleasant Smell

Chemically based cleaning products tend to have a strong smell which can be very overpowering. However, as eco- friendly products use natural ingredients, it will be sure to leave your business with a light and fresh scent. This is Ideal for jobs where we have to be in and out quick leaving just before tenants arrive back. This is a bonus for any cleaning company as in many situations a good clean is when you cant tell there was anyone there (apart from the area being cleaner of course).

Animal Friendly

Eco-friendly products are NOT tested on animals. Brands such as Method claim to be 100% cruelty free and have never tested ingredients or finished products on animals, nor have ever ordered third parties to conduct animal testing on their behalf. This is on thing that we at Ideal are very much against! We ensure all the products we use will not hurt the environment or animals.

Ensuring a better tomorrow

Eco-friendly products will help us save the environment meaning we can help prevent a future which, as explained in the IPCC report. We know that the use of chemical cleaning products isn’t the biggest issue in this report however it does also effect the environment and just one little change could save the planet in the future and give us more time to try and save this beautiful planet we call home.