NHS estates and facilities boss takes on new hygiene role

Former HefmA chairman named as new president of the Association of Healthcare Cleaning Professional

The Association of Healthcare Cleaning Professionals (AHCP) has named healthcare facilities management veteran, Andrew Jones, as its new president.

Taking over as the group’s figurehead and leader, Jones has more than 30 years experience at senior levels in the healthcare facilities management sector within the NHS.

Speaking at this week's AHCP Annual Conference and Exhibition, he said of the appointment: "It is a great honour to be asked to take up this role.

”A professional healthcare cleaning service is essential both for improving patient care and providing safer infection control. I intend to focus on expanding the critical task of raising the profile of professional healthcare cleaning and as part of this will be aiming to strengthen AHCP's existing relationships to deliver its strategy and inspire the membership."

Jones is currently the director of allied clinical and facilities services at Chesterfield Royal Hospital NHS Foundation Trust. In this role he combines responsibility for all of the estates and facilities management functions as well as the allied healthcare professions and pharmacy teams. Following the appointment, he will continue to be a member of the trust board with lead responsibility for food, cleanliness, health and safety, the estate and procurement.

He has previously also been national chairman of HefmA and secretary, vice chairman and chairman of the Trent HefmA branch. In addition he has been part of the steering group at Sheffield Hallam University Facilities Management Graduate Centre.

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