What Is An NHS Cleaner?


You Will Learn.

  • What does an NHS Cleaner do?
  • What are the responsibilities of an NHS Cleaner?
  • What qualifications does an NHS Cleaner need?
  • How much do NHS Cleaners earn?
  • Who employs NHS Cleaners?
  • What are the progression opportunities for an NHS Cleaner?
  • What skills does an NHS Cleaner need?
  • Where are the latest NHS Cleaner jobs and how to apply for them?
A cleaner cleaning a hospital ward

What Does an NHS Cleaner Do?

An NHS Cleaner, also referred to as domestic services staff, ensures that hospitals, health centres, offices and other main areas are kept hygienic and clean and play a vital role in preventing the spread of infection. 

What Are the Responsibilities of an NHS Cleaner?

NHS Cleaners are crucial in maintaining a safe and hygienic environment for patients, visitors, and staff. They may work alone or as part of a cleaning team and are often required to work in shifts to ensure that all areas of the facility are kept clean and tidy at all times.

The main responsibilities of an NHS Cleaner include:

  • Cleaning and sanitising common areas.
  • Cleaning hard floors with mops or electric floor cleaners.
  • Using spray cleaners.
  • Ensuing that hazardous materials are stored safely and securely.
  • Monitoring and refilling cleaning supplies as needed.
  • Attending training sessions and meetings as needed.
  • Using personal protective equipment (PPE) as required.
  • Following established infection control procedures.
  • Reporting any maintenance or repair issues.
  • Following all safety protocols.
  • Cleaning and sanitising patient rooms.

Cleaning & Sanitising Tasks

As well as cleaning and sanitising common areas, such as waiting rooms, restrooms, and dining areas, NHS Cleaners are also responsible for patient rooms, completing tasks such as changing bed linens and disinfecting surfaces and equipment.

Following Safety Protocols

Other key responsibilities of an NHS Cleaner include following established infection control procedures to prevent the spread of disease and following all safety protocols to minimise the risk of accidents and injuries.

Frequently Asked Questions

To work as an NHS Cleaner, you don't need formal academic qualifications. However, you will need to have a good level of literacy and numeracy skills to follow written instructions, complete reports, and keep records. In addition, you must have the right to work in the UK and undergo a background check.

Most NHS cleaning jobs require little or no previous experience, but you will need to demonstrate good communication skills, attention to detail, and a commitment to providing high-quality cleaning services.

Some employers may also require you to have completed basic health and safety training, such as a Health and Safety at Work course, before starting work.

The average salary for an NHS Cleaner in the UK is between £17,000 to £21,000 per year.

However, salaries can vary based on factors such as the specific NHS trust or organisation, the region in which the cleaner is employed, and any additional responsibilities or qualifications.

An NHS Cleaner is typically employed by NHS trusts or private cleaning companies that provide cleaning services to NHS hospitals and other healthcare facilities.

What Makes a Good NHS Cleaner?

Key skills of an NHS Cleaner include:

  • Reliability.
  • Ability to work collaboratively as part of a team or independently. 
  • Attention to detail.
  • Multitasking skills.
  • Good communication skills.
  • Physical stamina.
  • Time-management skills.
  • An understanding of health and safety protocols and procedures.
  • Flexibility.
  • Adaptability.

Dependability and Reliability

NHS Cleaners must be dependable individuals who consistently arrive on time for shifts. Strong multitasking and time-management skills are key in order to manage multiple cleaning tasks at the same time.

Flexibility and Adaptability

Working well with others is extremely important, as is the ability to work independently. NHS Cleaners must be adaptable to working in different environments and adjusting to changes in cleaning schedules, as well as being flexible when it comes to working hours at weekends and evenings.

Physical Stamina

NHS Cleaners must also possess physical stamina, as they are often required to stand, walk, lift, bend, and reach for extended periods of time.

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