With much emphasis on the cleanliness of hospitals at the moment, and some hospitals being chastised for poor standards of hygiene, the job of a hospital cleaner or clinical equipment domestic is of vital importance. Cleaners in the NHS report to a senior nurse or infection control nurse who will supervise their work and monitor its efficiency.
Hospital cleaners usually work shifts, often at night, and may be assigned to one area which they need to thoroughly clean, using the appropriate cleaning agents and equipment. They should be able to understand manufacturers instructions in order to use and store cleaning products, according to COSHH regulations. Their duties will include
Mopping of floors
Cleaning of all furniture, fixtures and fittings including beds, lockers and chairs
Cleaning of mirrors and glass
Safe disposal of waste, both clinical and non clinical
Cleaning of bathrooms and toilets
Cleaning at both low and high levels, including high up windowsills and curtain rails
Moving furniture in accordance with hospital health and safety guidelines in order to clean effectively
Any specific cleaning duties as requested by supervisors
Working in a team with other domestic cleaners
Being polite to staff and members of the public
Undertaking any training e.g. health and safety as necessary
Maintaining confidentiality of patients
Cleaners will need to wear a hospital uniform and any other clothing or protective wear as indicated by the particular job e.g. masks, gloves or scrub suits. They must report any accidents immediately and use the appropriate form, as well as telling supervisors of any problems they are encountering, or any areas of the hospital where e.g. an infestation has occurred.
The qualities required for this job are non-academic. Cleaners spend all their time on their feet, bending and stretching and so need to have fitness and flexibility. They need to have a good standard of personal hygiene and attention to detail. They will also sometimes have to deal with materials which are unpleasant. The pay for domestic cleaners in a hospital will be from 5.87 to 6.50 per hour.