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Housekeeping: redesigning a role

Jenny Kay, BA Hons, RGN, RSCN, MBA.Director of Nursing, Dartford and Gravesham NHS Trust, Darent Valley Hospital, Dartford, KentThe NHS housekeeping initiative was announced as part of The NHS Plan, following extensive consultation with patients, staff and stakeholders (DoH, 2000). The aim is that by 2004 over half of all trusts will have a ward housekeeping service (NHS Estates 2001; 2002).

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