This document sets out the national specifications for cleanliness for ambulance trusts. It complements the National Specifications for Cleanliness in the NHS.
The specifications have been designed to provide a simple, easy-to-apply methodology within which ambulance trusts in England can assess the effectiveness of their cleaning services.
They describe an assurance framework to support compliance with core cleanliness requirements and the Health Act code of practice.
They give clear advice and guidance on:
- what is required;
- how trusts can demonstrate the way(s) in which cleaning services will meet these requirements; and
- how to assess performance.
Cleaning service managers and providers should read this document thoroughly and ensure that all staff are aware of its contents.
All those involved in the provision of cleaning services should be working towards the common and shared goal of high quality cleaning services that meet the needs and expectations of patients, the public and other healthcare staff.