National Health Executive magazine

Lee Peddle, our National Chair, was asked to write an article for the National Health Executive magazine recently which was published and added into their website. Please click here to read the article promoting the AHCP.

New insight into hospital and healthcare hygiene challenges

Cleaning Matters has published the results of a survey that explores the biggest challenges facing the UK hospital and healthcare cleaning sector.

The online survey was sent out in May 2017 to readers of Cleaning Matters as well as members of the Association of Healthcare Cleaning Professionals (ahcp) to identify their biggest concerns at a time when hospitals and healthcare establishments are being pushed to the brink.

Not only is the sector facing intense pressure to cut the number of hospital acquired infections (HCAIs) and combat the rise of antimicrobial resistance, but it is trying to accommodate growing demand for its services – while reducing its spending.

With effective cleaning and hygiene practices being essential to infection prevention and control, we asked cleaning professionals what the sector can do in order to deliver the standards required.

To read the full report online please click here.

Business Manager

The AHCP has recently recruited Kirsten McMurray as the full-time Business Manager for the association.

“Firstly, I would like to thank everyone for making me feel so welcome when I first joined the association as a part time Marketing Officer.

It was in part due to this that when the position of Business Manager was advertised, I knew that I wanted to apply to work more closely with such dedicated members and help to make a difference and grow the AHCP.

One of my main focuses is to continue to promote the association and grow the membership, we have already taken steps to advertise ourselves in a number of UK wide publications and partner with many leaders in our industry. I plan to promote the association to Care Homes and GP surgeries as one of my main priorities. I also plan to focus on continuing to streamline many of our processes to make things easier and more efficient for members and will visit all branches to implement these processes and assist in any way I can.

Whilst focusing on the growth of membership and the day to day business of the AHCP, I will be working alongside the Midlands Branch as the Forum Manager to deliver an exciting and valuable Professional Development Forum that all members and potential members can benefit from.

Whilst I have many ideas on how to continue pushing the AHCP in the direction we want to go, I need to have input from all Branches and their members. Everybody’s ideas are invaluable as it is and always will be, a members association.

I look forward to working closely with you all in the coming months and would like to encourage everyone to feel free to contact me at anytime at kirsten.mcmurray@ahcp.co.uk.”

Many Thanks

Kirsten McMurray

23rd March 2017

Midlands Branch welcomes
Alison Lane

The ahcp Midlands Branch welcomes our new Chair - Alison Lane, Assistant Head of Facilities at Black Country Partnership NHS Foundation Trust.

Alison brings a wealth of experience having worked within Facilities for 25 years.  She has been a member of the ahcp for a number of years and the information she has gained and the connections made have helped and inspired her to further her association with the Branch.

As the Branch Chair she would like to encourage the growth of the Branch to assist all members to make best use of all the skills that each member brings. Using each Branch meeting as a knowledge sharing event with new innovations from suppliers as well as from those who work within the healthcare cleaning profession, and with the sharing of other Branch’s from National Council Lead.

On behalf the the Midlands branch, we would like to thank our former Chair Caroline Fennessy for all her support with the Branch, and we welcome Alison into her new role.

26th January 2017

A word from our
new National Chair

I would like to thank you all for choosing me to be ahcp National Chair. I am truly honoured to be chosen and I am very excited to work with you all to continue to take the Association forward.

For those of you who do not know me, for my day job I am Facilities Manager within Central and North West London NHS Foundation Trust (CNWL), leading on all Soft FM services across the Trust. CNWL are one of the biggest NHS Trusts in the country, providing over 300 different health services across over 150 sites, including 20 inpatient settings, and employing over 7000 staff. My portfolio includes both contracted out and in-house services and in addition I lead on the Trusts PLACE programme. Previously I was Domestic Services Manager and Facilities & Environment Manager for Milton Keynes Community Health Services.

I know that being ahcp Chair is an honour, but also a responsibility, and one that I do not take lightly. I have a responsibility to the membership to represent them and for everything I do for the Association to be in their interests. This is something I am deeply committed too. As a member myself for over a decade I know how important this is.

I am greatly looking forward to working with David, the executive team and the Council of Management who I know are all totally committed to the Association and what it stands for.

I would like to thank Simon for his great leadership as National Chair over the years. I know how hard Simon has worked and how much he has given to the role. He has been a fantastic Chair and I hope that I can follow in his footsteps.

Like everyone I have my own personal views on what the Associations priorities should be. The ahcp should be seen as the national leader and the go to expert Association for the cleaning industry in all types of Healthcare settings. We should continue to look at diverse ways of increasing membership, identifying gaps and embracing the changing face of the NHS. We should continue to look to our existing membership to ensure they feel the value of the ahcp.

Ultimately the role of National Chair is not about my personal views. The agenda I will work to will be the agenda of the membership. All of my positive experiences within the ahcp have come from working as part of a team and I believe that working together we can continue to take the Association from strength to strength.

Thank you again for your support and I look forward to working with you all over my term as Chair.

Lee Peddle
National Chair