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Domestic Staff Are Scotland's First New 'Eco-Warriors'

July 19, 2012 12:07 PM

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NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde now have some of the most highly skilled and “eco-friendly” domestic staff in Scotland thanks to an intensive skills programme.

Domestic staff from across Glasgow and Clyde are amongst the first nationally to obtain the BICsc Practitioners licence which is a new qualification for healthcare from the British Institute.

Keeping our hospitals clean and safe for both patient and staff has always been our domestic staff’s top priorty but now they are empowered to combine their existing skills with newly acquired skills in reducing our carbon footprint by using less water, energy and chemicals, and disposing of waste in a more environmentally friendly way, plus safe use and care of equipment, and storage of equipment and chemicals.

A group of 35 female staff drawn from acute hospitals across NHSGGC have completed a course as part of the Asset Skills Women and Work Project and are now the “eco-warriors” in their departments, passing on their new knowledge to colleagues.

Mary Anne Kane, General Manager Facilities, said: “NHSGGC now has some of the most highly trained and “eco-friendly” domestic staff in Scotland and I congratulate everyone one of our staff who have successfully completed this course.

“They play a key role in keeping our sites clean and therefore safe for both patients and their colleagues.”

Marie Curran, Domestic Supervisor at the Victoria Infirmary, is one of the staff who underwent the course. She said: “I thoroughly enjoyed the course and learned a load of stuff I wasn’t familiar with.

“I am now putting what I learned into practice in the hospital and sharing what I have learned with colleagues.”

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Notes to Editors
Training was organised through the Women and Work Project and supported by Asset Skills, the sector skills council for cleaning services. Women and Work is a government initiative whose aim is to boost opportunities for women in the workplace to develop their careers by raising skills and unlocking their potential. Those that participated in the course have been awarded a British Institute of Cleaning Science (BICSc) accredited qualification.



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