Airedale Domestic staff lead the way in national training programme
The domestic staff at Airedale Hospital have been sharing their expertise across the country, by advising on a new national training programme for cleaning professionals across the NHS.
The team have been a pilot site for the launch of the Association of Healthcare Cleaning Professionals (AHCP ) Competency & Knowledge Workbook – completion of which leads to a certificate for Domestic staff and one which is recognised in the whole of the NHS.
Rita Oddy, Head of Facilities at Airedale NHS Foundation Trust who is also a Council member of AHCP says:
“We are very pleased to have been at the forefront of the development of this training programme. The booklet helps staff understand that they are healthcare cleaning professionals and affirms their level of knowledge and skills.
Our staff have helped make changes so it’s now more user friendly, and they have suggested it be available electronically and include more practical theory elements – all of which have been adopted. The team have been innovative in their suggestions and I’m proud to say our staff have helped model the future of domestic services in the NHS.”
5 staff at the trust have completed the certificate and when the training book is updated, the other 130 cleaning staff at the trust will complete their certificates by July 2018.
Jamie Williamson-Graff, Facilities Supervisor at Airedale NHS Foundation Trust says :
“It’s an excellent training booklet that not only ensures all our staff are following the most up to date practice, but it’s also very important for new staff to realise and understand the high level of cleaning that is required in a hospital environment. It’s really essential for patient care.”
Domestic assistants Tracy Ridding and Margaret Smith also received their certificates for completing the workbook.