Did you know all dentists with NHS patients are required to comply with the five mandatory requirements laid out in these standards?
As a dentist, you’re familiar with the CQC and the regulations it uses to inspect primary care settings. What you may not know is that the National Standards of Healthcare Cleanliness (NSoHC) are a separate, non-overlapping compliance framework, designed to go hand in hand with CQC regulations.
Just because you are compliant to CQC regulations does not mean you are compliant with the NSoHC.
The standards aim to create a baseline for cleanliness across all healthcare settings. They instil a culture of continuous improvement and providing measurable, evidenced data to give tangible proof of excellence.
The deadline for compliance is April 2022, with an implementation period that has already begun.
We will break down the key requirements and lay out a roadmap to compliance in simple, manageable steps.
There are five key requirements that you must complete:
It’s important to note that these specifications must all be maintained to an excellent standard over time. And are not a one-off form or exercise to fill in.
To find out more about the key requirements and how to meet them, you can go to the NSoHC website, open the 50-page Standards document, and navigate to the compliance grid within the 12 appendices.
As a dentist, your time is at a premium, and your highest priority is providing excellent standards of care to your patients.
Compliance to the NSoHC represents a significant but essential challenge that we are well placed to help you overcome. From the provision of bespoke documentation, access to the expertise of our NHS partners, to site visits and one-to-one consultations, we are here to support you.
Our webinar is free to attend and takes place on 20 January.
We’ll provide a detailed overview of the compliance requirements and how to achieve each one with a minimum of time and hassle. Find out what the NSoHC means for your setting and how we can support you in achieving compliance.
We will conclude the webinar with a Q&A session where you can ask questions of our NHS panellists who are experts in their field.
Get in touch with our team today for advice and information.
Ryan’s career began in teaching after studying at the University of East London. Upon graduating, he re-located to Russia for several years and worked as an English teacher and consultant in Moscow. This experience has well positioned him as a key educator in the team.
His role as an environmental and decontamination officer for the NHS deep cleaning and advisory service has involved working closely with schools, hospices, care homes, and primary care settings to advise them on their infection prevention and control methods.
This has propelled him into delivering in-person training nationwide, titled ‘Learn to Clean the NHS Way’.
Ryan is committed to sharing his knowledge on infection control and aims to educate the primary care sector on the new compliance standards and more importantly how he can support them through the process.
M(chtd)IDSc, MIHEEM, MIPS
An experienced leader in decontamination for both NHS and private sector organisations, Tony plays a crucial role in delivering deep cleaning and bio-decontamination services to the wider community. Tony has a degree in decontamination sciences and his knowledge in this area has also led to his position as the interim chair and director of communication for the Institute of Decontamination Sciences, the professional body for decontamination in the UK.
With more than ten years of experience in decontamination sciences, Graeme Kelly oversees the decontamination service delivered to North Tees and Hartlepool NHS Foundation Trust. After graduating with an MBA from Teesside University in 2010, and then completing a degree in decontamination from Kingston University in 2013, Graeme has gained skills in a variety of disciplines, including environmental decontamination, outbreak management and bio-decontamination.
Graeme’s extensive knowledge and experience in decontamination has been applied to maintain standards and develop procedures throughout his career within the NHS.
Daniel began his career by teaching, having obtained a master’s degree in literary studies from Newcastle University and a PGCE in primary education from the University of Durham. Following that, he moved into the NHS as PACS administrator for South Tyneside and Sunderland NHS Foundation Trust where he worked for four years.
During that time, Daniel sought to combine his experiences in education and the NHS by designing training content which focused on healthcare but which was also informed by his teaching background. Upon joining NTH Solutions as lead trainer, Daniel was instrumental in writing and designing the course ‘Learn the Clean the NHS Way’ which was subsequently accredited by the Royal Society of Public Health. Daniel manages a national team of trainers and continues to develop new content in both classroom and online formats, as well as writing articles on a range of topics for publications such as the Clinical Services Journal.
This continuing professional development (CPD) activity fully complies with the CPD requirements of the General Dental Council. FMC certifies this activity for one hour of enhanced CPD in the subject of Our national compliance solution for dentists.
This CPD meets the criteria for the GDC’s development outcome C.