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British Standard for Healthcare Cleaning to launch at AHCP conference

Published 13th June, 2011 by Neil Nixon

British Standard for Healthcare Cleaning to launch at AHCP conference

The Association of Healthcare Cleaning Professionals (AHCP) has confirmed that the new British Standard for Healthcare Cleaning - to be known as PAS 5748 - will be launched at the forthcoming AHCP national conference. The standard is intended to provide assurance to the public that risks associated with hospital cleanliness have been fully assessed and that nationally agreed procedures are in place to ensure hospitals are clean and safe for patients.

This will be the first time a British Standards Institution (BSI) backed standard has been introduced for healthcare cleaning. The standard comes as the result of a joint research and development programme by the Department of Health, the BSI and the AHCP. It will be a consensus based specification for planning, measuring and improving cleanliness services in NHS hospitals in England.

Although use of PAS 5748 will not be mandatory, hospitals will be able to use it to provide good practice evidence to the Care Quality Commission that nationally agreed procedures are in place for their premises to prove they are clean and safe for patients. PAS 5748 will exist alongside the existing national specifications for cleanliness and is expected to be adopted for use by most NHS trusts as well as other healthcare providers including GP surgeries, clinics and nursing and care homes.

The launch of PAS 5748 will take place at the annual AHCP conference on 13-15 June at the Telford International Centre. This is the largest annual gathering of healthcare cleaning professionals in the UK, attended by delegates from many of the country's major hospitals. The event also includes an exhibition of over 40 leading suppliers of healthcare cleaning related products and services. Full details of the new standard will be announced to conference delegates and copies will be made available to download from the AHCP website - - and from the BSI website.

PAS 5748 is predicted to be a major milestone along the road to clean, safe hospitals and healthcare environments. It represents the culmination of a process to identify and standardise healthcare cleaning processes and procedures which started a decade ago with the publication of the first National Standards of Cleanliness in 2001 and the first edition of the Healthcare Cleaning Manual in 2003.

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