Society meeting

You are invited to a meeting of the Society, on Wednesday 19th July 2017 at The Royal Oldham Hospital, Rochdale Road, Oldham, OL1 2JH incorporating a talk by Xeros Ltd on the topic of washing with beads.

All are welcome but please confirm your attendance by emailing    Steven.moss@pat.nhs.uk

Conference 2017 – success

Feedback from the 2017 conference & Training event which took place at Jurys Inn hotel, Oxford has been extremely positive and further information will be made available once a full evaluation has taken place.

Copies of presentations are now available

Society takes a stand

DSC02462The Society gained valuable exposure by taking a stand at the Healthcare Estates Management Conference, “Building and Maintaining the Future of our health”. The conference was held at Stamford Bridge, home of Chelsea football club.

Training: LINEN SERVICES FOR IN-HOUSE & CONTRACTED OUT LAUNDRY SERVICES

Are you getting the most from your linen provider? Are you considering changing the provider? Would your service stand up to a rigorous external Quality & Hygiene Assessment audit?

This course has been designed to assist those with responsibility for linen, who may not have direct responsibility for the laundering. It gives a brief outline of all aspects of the linen service procurement cycle and covers, in detail, those areas where checks are required, not only to satisfy due diligence but to ensure a robust reporting of information as may be required by CQC inspections. In many situations, very often the obvious is overlooked and poor practice and performance can rapidly become the ‘norm’, leading to reduced efficiency, increased costs and lower quality. If any of this sounds familiar, then this is a course that you should not miss. Further details:

EN14065 – Laundry processed textiles – Biocontamination control system

This European Standard was approved by CEN on 22 February 2016. CEN members are bound to comply with the CEN/CENELEC Internal Regulations which stipulate the conditions for giving this European Standard the status of a national standard without any alteration. Up-to-date lists and bibliographical references concerning such national standards may be obtained on application to the CEN-CENELEC Management Centre or to any CEN member.

 

Annual review 2015

Annual Review 2015

A good supply of clean, well presented linen remains an important factor in patient care.

Safely Reducing Costs, improving efficiency whilst improving patient care is one of the main objectives of the NHS. Costs and quality are not restricted to a laundry supply being delivered, as many Trusts have contracted out the laundry function knowledge of effective and safe distribution systems and linen storage is being lost, this may result in an increased linen management costs and the risk of linen being contaminated during storage.  Over the last year there have been a couple of reports from overseas of the link between an infection outbreak and poor linen storage, at the present time the evidence is unclear but the Society will continue to monitor reports and circulate this amongst members. There is a need for all Trusts to understand that there are elements, relating to the storage and distribution of linen, within the CFPP 01-04 guidance which still apply when laundry processing is contracted out.

The new National Framework for Laundry and Linen Services is currently being awarded; this is likely to result in a number of mini completions over the next year, potentially leading to changes in contractors.

The Review of Operational Productivity in NHS Providers by Lord Carter of Coles, DOH,2015, has compared the efficiencies of 22 Trust including Linen Services, it is stated that £4million could potentially be saved if the cohort studied moved to the average efficiency of their NHS peers.

The introduction of the National Living Wage in April 2016 will not affect NHS run Laundries who currently pay NHS Agenda for Change rates, the feeling is that it will help even out staffing cost between the sectors. The challenge may be to have and retain a well-trained, motivated and effective workforce against the competition of better paid, and some would say easier, jobs elsewhere.

Within the NHS there is increasing movement towards New Care Models and Trusts working together and for the centralisation of specialist medical services, there is also increasing care in the community, pressures on beds in care homes and an increasingly elderly population, this all leads to changes in where patients are cared for and where linen is used.

For laundry providers linen loss and abuse remains a big issue, this can be challenged by working with nursing colleagues to address any practices which leads to reducing linen availability and costs for the provider.

During 2015 the Society held a successful training event in April; the papers were challenging and thought provoking. The task is to attract delegates and suppliers to this unique event despite pressures on time and finances. The 2016 Training Forum and Exhibition return to Stratford Manor, Stratford-upon-Avon on the 20th – 21st April 2016, information is available from www.linenmanager.co.uk

Lynn Fort,
National Secretary.

Membership Subscriptions

Good news for those who do not like writing cheques. As well as payment by BACS the society can also accept payment using credit cards. This also applies to conference, training courses and other events etc.

Ebola

Practical advice regarding this extremely unpleasant and potentially lethal virus (click here).

Ironer Handbook

This is the must have for all those who are seeking to improve their ironer performance. Invaluable information on all aspects of the ironing functions, together with fault finding and solutions.