Meeting in Salisbury – 19th October 2017

A Regional meeting of The  SOCIETY OF HOSPITAL LINEN SERVICES and LAUNDRY MANAGERS is being held in Salisbury at the Rose and Crown hotel, the same venue as last year, and an open invitation to all. The meeting will take place on Thursday the 19th of October an agenda and exact timings will be sent in plenty of time for the event.

Last year’s event was well attended and enjoyed by all the attendees and we hope that this year’s event will be no different. I would like to ask that if you are going to attend could you please think of any agenda item that you would like to see discussed and let me know in advance and I will add it to the meeting schedule. I would also like those who will be attending to let me know ASAP so that the meeting room can be arranged to suit the numbers attending.

This year I have invited more users of our services because the ones who attended last year thoroughly enjoyed the day and enjoyed the networking opportunities, so a few new faces will also be there.

For those who are arriving the night before, please make me aware and arrangements can be made for a social gathering and maybe a meal booked, as Salisbury is always busy the sooner I have the numbers the better.

I look forward to all your responses.


 Dave Grimshaw

Tel. 01722429304

Mob. 07909953493


Banquet returns for 2018 conference

Following consultation with members, it was decided to dispense with the formal banquet which for many years had been enjoyed by all those attending. Feedback received from our 2017 event has proved this to be a retrograde step. Many, who normally attend stayed away and this is something that the Officers of the Society are keen to address.

Therefore 2018 will not only see the return of the “Banquet night”, but will also include an awards evening, where individuals, companies and organisations will be placed in the spotlight. This will not only provide some light entertainment following a day long business session, but will also recognise achievements which sometimes appear to go unnoticed.

Do you know of someone or a company who has excelled and deserves an award?


Training day – May 2018

The Society is planning a one day training event to prelude the start of conference. The training subjects discussed so far are:

Uniforms: Specification, purchase, supply, sizing, distribution, stocking, just in time etc.

Linen distribution: different systems, efficiencies, linen usage, monitoring, management etc.

What are your views, would you support the day or if not, what would you like to see. Comments to


The role of Laundry assistant

Step into The NHS Schools Competition Regional Winners

Health Education England (HEE) is delighted to announce that students from St Edwards C of E Academy, Leek, Staffs are the West Midlands regional winners of the Step into the NHS national schools’ competition

Year 8 students Evie Cartwright, Abbiegail Fryer-Winder and Chloe Kent impressed the judges with their entry to promote the role of a laundry assistant to their peers. Evie, Abbiegail and Chloe brought the role of a laundry assistant to life by creating a poster including clothing items that describe the role, hanging on a washing line. Now in its ninth year, the competition attracted numerous entries from up and down the country and more than 2,000 students got involved. The competition aims to promote the 350 plus careers available in health and students were tasked with designing an advertisement and job description for their chosen role. They could work individually or in groups of up to four. Miss Lisa Newport, progress leader of year 8 at St Edwards church of England Academy School said: “The school were very proud of the winning team’s achievement and their imaginative and creative project. A thoroughly enjoyable experience from start to finish!”  Evie, Abbiegail and Chloe said “We chose the role of a laundry assistant to show that anyone can work in a hospital and that you don’t need any special qualifications ” Nicola Sherwood, apprenticeships and career development facilitator at South Staffordshire and Shropshire NHS Foundation Trust, said: “Congratulations to Evie, Abbiegail, Chloe and St Edwards Church of England Academy for their fantastic entry. Young people are extremely important to the future of the NHS workforce. It is important that the NHS engages with young people now and lets them know about the wealth of career opportunities. “There are more than 350 different careers to choose from in health and jobs range from community matron, dietician or public health analyst to a finance manager or web developer. Initiatives such as the schools competition really help to raise awareness of this.”

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.

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

Lynn Fort,
National Secretary.

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