History & Growth

For over 30 years, starting in August 1975, managers of cleaning and allied services within the public sector, and especially within the National Health Service, had their networking needs met by the Association of Domestic Management (ADM). The ADM grew successfully over the years to become the mouthpiece and representative body for healthcare cleaning managers throughout the United Kingdom.

In 2006 the ADM’s Council of Management reflected on the many changes that have taken place in healthcare cleaning during the association’s history, how best to meet the needs of today’s members and how best to ensure the association maintains its relevance in the future. As a result of this a number of changes and developments were agreed.

Among these was the decision to change the name of the ADM to the Association of Healthcare Cleaning Professionals as it was felt this reflects more accurately the mission, scope and membership of the association, both now and in the future. The new name was launched at the association’s National Conference in 2007.

ahcp represents managers involved in all aspects of healthcare cleaning in all public and private sector services. Our members are drawn from organisations and sectors:

  • NHS and private hospitals and clinics
  • Primary care sector surgeries and clinics
  • Care and nursing homes
  • Central and local government organisations
  • Education and training establishments
  • Cleaning contractors
  • Independent facilities management services providers

Within these organisations our members are drawn from many different departments and areas with a direct role or supporting involvement in the delivery of cleaning services:

  • Cleaning and domestic services
  • Estates and facilities management
  • Hotel and support services
  • Laundry and linen services
  • Catering and food services
  • Portering
  • Ambulance and transport services
  • Communications services