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Through our work Soapbox has developed a longstanding interest in the essential role of health facility cleaning staff. Within health facilities, cleaners are the interface between water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH) and infection prevention and control (IPC). They work in environments where healthcare-associated infections are unacceptably high and the widespread use of antibiotics due to unclean, unsafe environments is driving the threat of antimicrobial resistance. Despite this, cleaners often remain comparatively neglected within facilities, untrained and with no real knowledge of IPC.

To begin to tackle this neglect Soapbox has developed a participatory training package in basic IPC and environmental hygiene, targeted towards this invisible workforce. We are now proposing to establish a Community of Practice to enable us to share our package – and resources developed by others – along with learning and experiences of work around cleaning and with cleaning staff.
We would greatly appreciate if you could take a few minutes to complete our short survey by going to: https://goo.gl/c6WunC

What is a Community of Practice?

A group of people who share a common concern, set of problems, or interest in a topic and who come together to fulfil both individual and group goals.

As a first step towards its development we would like to gather the opinions and thoughts of interested parties to define what future members would like to see in the Community of Practice and how best to deliver it.

If you would like to be kept informed about the Community of Practice you can also send an email to register your interest: cleancop@soapboxcollaborative.org