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.”

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.

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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