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Housekeepers help senior nurses run hospital wards for the benefit of patients and their visitors.

They are an integral part of the ward team and support the delivery of clinical care by ensuring the ward is a clean, safe and attractive place, conducive to patient care.

Housekeepers coordinate a range of ward services including:

  • catering
  • cleaning
  • maintaining the environment and equipment

They may also coordinate the clerical, transport and linen services.

Housekeepers work closely with the trust's support service departments to ensure that national standards in key areas (such as hygiene, catering, maintenance, receiving visitors and handling complaints) are met.

Entry requirements

There are no set minimum requirements, although previous experience in the hotel service, either within healthcare or the private sector is usually required.

Job vacancies

Vacancies are advertised on the NHS Jobs website, in the local press and job centres. You can also contact the hospitals/trusts for information on their opportunities.