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Healthcare environment and patient safety

A clean and safe environment is essential for infection prevention and control. It is a key priority for the NHS and is a core standard in the Department of Health document ‘Standards for better health’.


This key priority, coupled with concern about healthcare-associated infections (HCAIs), means that hospitals need to be clean and able to demonstrate their standards of cleanliness. Standards and colour coding need to be consistent and measurable. A clean environment also includes good hand hygiene.


The National Reporting and Learning Service has developed resources to help healthcare organisations achieve and monitor environmental and cleanliness standards. These include:



Resources relating to environment and cleanliness are listed below.