MESSAGE BOARD LAST UPDATED 15/02/2013
Conference 3013 at Stratford Manor hotel
Training for CFPP01-04 2013
A further two, one day training seminar has been planned for Thursday 28th February 2013 to take place in Exeter at the Mercure Southgate Hotel and Wednesday 27th March 2013 at the Daventry Court Hotel, Daventry. Further details, programme and booking form
available upon request. . Training@linenmanager.co.uk
Training for CFPP01-04 2013
The Society has recently provided training related to the new guidance documents at which 31 people attended. The day highlighted the requirements of hospitals and linen providers, which would form part of future assessments and gave an insight into the
requirements of EN BS 14065. BS EN 14065 describes a management system for assuring the microbiological quality of processed textiles used in specifically defined sectors in which it is necessary to control microbiological contamination. The Department of Health
encourages the adoption of this standard for those operating laundries both in a commercial setting and within the NHS. This also describes for quality inspectors the standard and its relationship with Essential Quality Requirements.
Don’t worry if you missed the date, other sessions are being planned for early in 2013 and are open to not only NHS employee’s but those from commercially owned plants, nursing/Care homes, detergent suppliers and machinery manufacturers.
Conference exhibition 2013
Stands are now on sale for our 2013 conference & exhibition. Contact Suzanne.email@example.com for further information.
Full details on the conference page of this site.
It’s happened……the new guidance document to replace HSG(95)18 has finally been issued. Copies of the final document can be downloaded from www.spaceforhealth.nhs.uk or by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org The Society
intend to provide training for its members in the near future. If you are not a member, join now to keep updated with all events.
It appears popular to establish forums where likeminded parties can raise topics of interest or everyday problems, and colleagues can inter-relate with their views. Should the Society be offering this facility?
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Uniform: an evidence review of the microbiological significance of uniforms and uniform policy in the prevention
and control of healthcare-associated infections. Report to the Department of Health (England) (click here).
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 and training courses etc.
Handbooks have been sent out by post. If you think you should have received one but have not, then please let us know. firstname.lastname@example.org for further details.
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.
Check out the job vacancy?
Why re-invent the wheel. The following is a selection of available reports. (click here).
Best practice guide for Launderette services
A best practice guide has now been published. The guide gives lots of useful advice on the setting up of a launderette in health care premises, choice of equipment, location,
and training etc. Copies were given to members at the conference in Buxton. Should anyone else require a copy, then please email details to email@example.com
See paper to be given by Buying Solutions at the April conference
A recent survey among members revealed significant increases in linen usage over the past 2 years. Increases are as a result of Trust's implementing
stricter hygiene policies in an attempt to reduce HAI's. Further details available.
A recent accident has caused concern throughout the industry. The TSA have issued guidance for inclusion in safety policies. Copies available.
A presentation on contract Monitoring is available. Further details are available. firstname.lastname@example.org
North West meeting with a difference
The North West’s March meeting was hosted by A.R.Materials Handling ltd, and to show how innovative the company is, it took place at a go karting venue. The meeting was
well attended and the business papers were extremely informative, however members minds were still focused on their driving experience, and how fast they had lapped. Some even managed to settle old scores by shunting colleagues into the tyre walls. At the end it became obvious that it was a battle between the good guys from Lancashire and the not so good guys from over the Pennines (Yorkshire). Winner of the day was Andrew Donnegan, with a close second Ian Hargreaves followed in third place by Phil Fortin. A stewards enquiry is under way, as it has been suggested that the winner was using performance enhancing substances. (see photos).
Regional Meetings : (Further details in members area)
North West & Yorkshire meetings
Further details and invitation from: email@example.com
Further details from Paul Gibson 01204 390693
North East meetings
Further details from Reg Ramsden 01642 624046 )
Further details from John Gallagher 07864675581
Scotland region. No meetings planned..
Northern Ireland: No meetings planned.
Good Practice guide
All members should have received their copy of the Best Practice guide. Copies have now been sent to trust Chief executives, and some positive feedback has been received.
HSG(95)18 Guidelines for processing Healthcare textiles. (click here).
Fire code HTM 87 Guidelines on textiles suitable for use in Healthcare premises. (click here).
Advice has now been issued from the Department of Health regarding the flame retardancy of curtains (click here).
Society Mailing :
If you wish to be included on the Society’s mailing list, If you are a supplier or a manager requiring information.
Then please email / write or phone your details. firstname.lastname@example.org
National Occupational standards
Essential for the introduction of NVQ’s for linen service staff. Details upon request.
Medical Devices Alert (www.mhra.gov.uk) MDA/2007/031
Laundering of Hoists and Slings are again causing problems, check to ensure you know what to do.
PASA Framework agreement.
Details available and members comments. email email@example.com
Health Service Journal more information on cleaning contracts.
Health Service Journal calls for return of inhouse cleaning.
Storage of bleach:
See what advice the Hse gave to one health Authority. ((click here).
Email for details of planned courses firstname.lastname@example.org
Guidance on Uniforms and Clothing worn in the delivery of Patient care.
Anyone requiring a copy of this useful guidance, published by the RCN should email email@example.com
Agenda for change - gradings
Several managers have sent details of staff gradings - see members area. (click here).
i) Essential hygiene training for laundry staff (1 day)
ii) Linen services for contract monitors. (1 day)
Job Profiles National profiles have now been written for Linen Room Assistants, Sewing Room Assistants and
Laundry Supervisors (click here).
Laundering advice for curtains. (click here).
North East (Draft) Contingency plan. (click here).
Paper on "Survival of Enterococci during hospital laundry processing.
Paper by Kathy Orr, Department of Microbiology, Freeman hospital.
BS EN ISO 22612:2005 Clothing for protection against infectious agents - Test method for resistance to dry
microbial penetration. Further details upon request.
New Standards (BS EN 13795-1 :2002)
Surgical drapes, gowns & clean air suits, used as medical devices, for Patients, clinical staff and equipment.
Part 1 General requirements for manufacture, process & products.
BS EN 14065 :2002
Textiles – laundry processed textiles – Bio contamination control systems.
BS ISO 9398 1-4 2003
Definitions and testing of capacity and consumption characteristics for: Flatwork ironing machines, Batch drying
tumblers, Washing tunnels
& Washer extractors.
BS EN 13726
Test methods for primary wound dressings – waterproof, conformity, odour control
BS EN 3175
Professional care, dry-cleaning & wet cleaning o fabrics & garments.
Dirty little secrets
An article published in THE TIMES (04/12/2002) highlighted the need for National standards in the processing
of health care linen. Reference was made to the Watt report, which followed the salmonella incident at Victoria
hospital, Glasgow, where a recommendation was that all staff uniforms should be laundered on site. Other
reference was made to National Audit office report, European Standard on bio-contamination and the way in
which the French perceive our industry developing.
The Society hold a database showing the market share of NHS work by each supplier. (Further details available)
Proforma & Example of cost base (see information page)
Medical Devices Agency
The use of cotton or polyester / cotton blends will not be banned. Factors to be considered when deciding whether or
not to adopt the EU standard will involve, type of surgical procedure & assessment of risk involved. Priority of fabric
properties desired, fluid resistance, liquid absorption, processing requirements, sterilization, laundry finishes, cost
& expected life. Further details available.