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ISS drives research project into scientific and behavioural approach to healthcare cleaning

ISS Healthcare has commissioned an innovative project that will take a scientific and behavioural approach to healthcare cleaning.

ISS worked closely with NHS England and NHS Improvement in the development of the recently published National Standards of Healthcare Cleanliness 2021. In support of the Standards, the new ISS healthcare strategy is based on using science to validate the cleaning process which will in turn build confidence throughout the NHS, support shorter patient stays, and ultimately provide a safe clinical environment to help save lives, not just during the Covid pandemic but beyond.

Collette Sweeney, Head of Healthcare Cleaning at ISS, explained: “The application of cleaning science and the impact of behaviour is intrinsically linked to environmental infection control. The purpose of the project is to use science to determine the efficacy and appropriateness of the healthcare cleaning process to deliver evidence-based safe systems of cleaning.”

The successful delivery of this project centres on a collaborative approach with the NHS, and in particular the hospital ISS’ research and development team are working with. Heather Cracknell, ISS Healthcare Cleaning SME stated: “There has never been a better time to demonstrate not just being visibly clean, but clinically clean.” 

Donna Brown, Managing Director ISS Healthcare, concluded: “The ISS’ strategic ambition centres on an innovative project, a scientific and behavioural approach to cleaning which is not only pioneering for our industry, but will also lead to a positive step forward in healthcare cleaning for everyone. We will be delighted for other collaborators to come on board.”

FMJ and Grundon Waste Management have launched the 2021 waste and recycling management survey. It’s the fourth year for the annual appraisal of how FMs manage their waste and recycling activities and one which marks an unprecedented period of disruption to services due to the pandemic.

In order to understand how FMs have navigated their way through the last year and their plans for meeting stringent waste and recycling targets we’ve posed a series of questions – aided by the advice and experience of our editorial steering committee.

The results of the 2021 survey will be published in FMJ magazine and form the basis of a white paper co-written by FMJ and the experts at Grundon on how to approach waste and recycling strategies.

To take part in the survey click here.

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