Evaluation of the new ward housekeeper role in UK NHS Trusts

MAY, D. and SMITH, L. (2003). Evaluation of the new ward housekeeper role in UK NHS Trusts. Facilities, 21 (7/8), 168-174.


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In the year 2000, the UK government promoted the concept that hospital services be shaped around the needs of the patient to make their stay in hospital as comfortable as possible and advocated the introduction of a ward housekeeper role in at least 50 per cent of hospitals by 2004. This is a ward-based non-clinical role centred on cleaning, food service and maintenance to ensure that the basics of care are right for the patient. In 2002 the Facilities Management Graduate Centre at Sheffield Hallam University completed a series of six case studies looking at the role within different NHS Trusts. These were developed through interviews and observations with the facilities manager, ward housekeepers and nursing staff and also by collecting documentary evidence such as job descriptions, financial details and training information. Common themes were identified, relating to experiences of developing and implementing the ward housekeeper role. This paper suggests models of best practice relating to role, recruitment, induction, training, integration and management.

Item Type: Article
Additional Information: Published in Facilities, 2003, 21(7/8), 168-174.
Uncontrolled Keywords: facilities management, hospitals, National Health Service, patients, United Kingdom
Research Institute, Centre or Group: Sheffield Business School Research Institute > Service Sector Management
Departments: Sheffield Business School > Service Sector Management
Identification Number: https://doi.org/10.1108/02632770310489909
Depositing User: Ann Betterton
Date Deposited: 04 Aug 2008
Last Modified: 12 May 2018 08:14
URI: http://shura.shu.ac.uk/id/eprint/911

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