Author: Ian Hargreaves

Sad news – Death of fellow Society member

Unfortunately I have been informed that Arthur Clark sadly passed away on Tuesday 5 May I believe following a battle with cancer.  Until his retirement Arthur was the Linen services manager  at Bradford Royal hospital and a member of the Yorkshire region of the Society. Arthur was always a strong supporter of the society and will be missed by all those who knew him. Our thoughts and best wishes are with his family at their sad loss.

Is your laundry provider struggling to provide a service?

The TSA (Textile Services Association) has advised the Society that their members would be available to provide a service to NHS trusts should their present laundry service be compromised as a result of the Coronavirus outbreak. However we would advise anyone to undertake a risk assessment/audit of their facilities and policies to ensure they meet the requirements as specified by the Department of Health as to their ability to provide a safe service.  For further information



Society 2020 Conference Postponed

On guidance received from the government we have reluctantly decided to postpone the event until later in the year. This decision has not been taken lightly, however we must consider the safety of all those who would be attending. For those who have already booked further details will be sent asap

Conference 2020 – Village Hotel Dudley on Wednesday 13th May and Thursday the 14th of May 2020.

We have pleasure including the programme and registration form’s for this year’s conference, and golf competition. As always, your support is paramount to the ongoing success of the Society, so we hope to see you in May.

If you have any further queries, please do not hesitate to contact us.

Best regards

Tim Meadows

Tel: 01422 372333

Conference Programme 2020 (003)

SHLSM Golf 2020

NHS Supply Chain: Hotel Services – Customer Workshops (Manchester) Tue, 22 October 2019 09:30 – 15:30

These events have been organised to provide NHS Supply Chain customers with the opportunity to meet the Hotel Services Team, learn more about the savings opportunities and product initiatives we have been working on, and have your say to help shape the future of the Hotel Services Category.

We will also provide you with information on how you can get involved with product trialling for upcoming initiatives. Hotel Services are continuously working with trusts and suppliers to review frameworks and products to ensure we deliver best value for money. Your feedback and insights will allow us to make sure we offer the right range of products at the right prices to the right people. Uniforms and textiles are now part of this group


One day seminar & AGM April 2019

The Society is hosting a one day event on Wednesday 10th April 2019 at the Burlington Hotel, Birmingham. Speakers are being sought to present papers on the laundry framework agreement, the future of linen provision to the NHS, lessons learned from outsourcing and an open forum dealing with topical issues around linen provision, followed by the Society’s AGM.

The event, including lunch and refreshments will be free to attend for all members, NHS employees & corporate members anyone else will be required to register at a cost of £75/delegate.

There is a maximum number of places available and these will be allocated on a first come basis.

Initially, anyone interested in attending should register their interest by email to:  A full programme will be sent to upon receipt of interest.

Infection Prevention & Control – London 2019

Free passes for all Society members

We are pleased to announce the latest batch of funded (no charge) delegate places are now available. The 2019 event is taking shape with the majority of speakers now confirmed. You can see details at

To book your place quote code LON19NHSI.

In 2016 Former Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt launched new plans to reduce infections in the NHS. He announced government plans to halve the number of gram-negative bloodstream infections by 2020. The programme of actions included the Serious Infection CQUIN 2017-2019.

In London in February, 2019 together with 500 colleagues from across the “whole health economy” we will review the CQUIN results and look forward to see what progress is still required to achieve the 2020 targets. We will review the latest NHSE/PHE/NHSI reporting trends and share local best practice on subjects including Sepsis, E. coli, UTIs and SSIs. We will also showcase the latest industry innovations and technologies in our networking area.

Fully Funded delegate places (No charge to trust or individual) and Partially Funded (Discounted) for Public, Third and Independent Sectors carry an actual value/cost of £395.00+VAT. The funded and discounted places are awarded at the behest of the organisers Knowlex. The selection process includes a short telephone interview. Should you register online your booking is still subject to approval and is only regarded as an application.

As the places are funded they are subject to a non-attendance clause. Having accepted a place and should you subsequently be unable to join us on the day we ask for a minimum notice of cancellation of 48 hours prior to the event commencing. The place may be transferred to an appropriate colleague of similar position and status with the agreement of the organisers and subject to the recipient agreeing to the terms and conditions. Should the place be unused without cancellation or transfer the individual will become liable to a £100.00+VAT penalty charge.

If extenuating circumstances exist and communicated to the organisers prior to the event’s conclusion this may be waived (at the organiser’s discretion). A waiver cannot be granted post conference.

This penalty charge is to cover the cost of the catering which will have been pre ordered at a cost per head, and the event staff on the day.

Funded/discounted places are only available for those people working within a hospital/healthcare setting (hospital, clinic, CCG etc) and are not available to those within private sector industry organisations. Please note that any ticket sales are non-refundable. Should you wish to apply or for further clarification please contact our Delegate Team, who will be able to determine the correct tariff and assist with your booking.