The new Matron’s Charter will set out a clear direction for senior nurses to improve hospital hygiene and infection control.
A partnership of senior nurses and facilities staff, including representatives from the Royal College of Nursing, the Royal College of Midwives, the Infection Control Nurses Association, Healthcare Facilities Management Association and the Association of Domestic Managers, will develop the charter. Designed to help promote cleanliness across the NHS, it will include recommendations on creating stronger cleaning teams, clarify the responsibilities of staff and give patients a stronger voice.
The charter – due out in October – is a key part of a new national drive to improve NHS hygiene, infection control and cleanliness standards, as outlined in Towards Cleaner Hospitals and Lower Rates of Infection. Matrons have an important role to play in leading the cultural changes that will bring improved personal hygiene, better clinical practice and a cleaner environment.