Creating a safe environment for care - Defining the relationship between cleaning and nursing staff
The Royal College of Nursing (RCN) and the Association of Healthcare Cleaning Professionals (AHCP) have launched a new report highlighting the importance of the relationship between cleaning and nursing professionals. Close co-ordination and partnership among health workers is essential for maintaining patient environments and implementing infection prevention and control strategies. However, the working relationship between cleaning and nursing staff has never previously been described in detail. The RCN and AHCP have therefore produced Creating a Safe Environment for Care to define this relationship and provide guidance on implementing effective arrangements. The report stresses that cleaning and nursing staff are the two main groups of health care workers responsible for maintaining a safe and hygienic patient environment. Published to coincide with European Antibiotic Awareness Day, Creating a Safe Environment for Care reinforces how decontamination of surfaces and equipment is central to minimising the risk of infection caused by C.difficle, Norovirus, and antibiotic resistant organisms.