TEMPLEWOOD Templewood Services, a services company supplying cleaning, hygiene, washroom and security services to blue chip UK clients, has announced the acquisition of LCC Support Services.

The acquisition brings together two big names in the industry – Harvey Soning, Chairman of Templewood Services and Bob Vincent, who will become Non-Executive Chairman of LCC. Both Harvey and Bob will continue to be actively involved in the business for the foreseeable future.

The combined businesses will have a combined turnover of £40m and employ approximately 3000 people


WESTMINSTER Hand hygiene and infection prevention is now a priority on the UK Government’s agenda, following a recent Westminster debate addressing key issues within healthcare settings.

The debate addressed the use of electronic monitoring systems to measure hand hygiene compliance and reduce infection rates.

All parties present addressed the flaws of direct observation, and the impact that capturing inaccurate hand hygiene data has on patients and the NHS. It also focused on how

across the UK, supplying specialist soft-FM services to more than 800 clients and at more than 1000 separate locations across England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland. The acquisition comes just a year after Johannesburg, South Africa- based Excellerate Services acquired a majority stake in Templewood.

It’s hoped that merging its UK operations will provide a substantial foundation for growth, as well as a unique opportunity to harness best practices and industry-leading innovation, as the company builds upon its significant strength in FM- partnering and its valued client base in the corporate built environment, high-end retail, property management, education and manufacturing sectors.

technology can improve hand hygiene compliance and what actions need to be taken to reduce costs and increase patient safety within the NHS.

Morley and Outwood MP, Andrea Jenkyns, who lost her father to MRSA in 2011 and actively campaigns to improve hand hygiene, said: “It is important that this debate draws attention to the fact that the current system of hand hygiene monitoring in hospitals needs updating and is inaccurate and outdated. There are better monitoring systems out there. The current system allows poor hand hygiene practice to spread and can put patients’ lives at risk.”

Steven Barclay, Minister of State for the Department of Health and Social Care, said: “One theme of the debate was whether the Government are doing enough to drive forward the use of technology. I recognise the limits of direct observation and how behavioural change may respond to those. That is why the Government are actively looking at the extent to which technology can facilitate this area.”

Harvey Soning commented: “Having known of Bob’s reputation in the industry for many years, I was delighted when the suggestion was made to merge our businesses to provide an even better service to all our major clients throughout the UK. Our relationship has grown very strong through the negotiations which I know will benefit both of us and our new parent Excellerate in the future.”

Bob Vincent added: “I am very pleased with the acquisition. Templewood Services has a similar ethos and business ethic to what I have strived for over the past 21 years, and as such was a perfect fit. I look forward to being involved in the business going forward.”

As a result of the debate, a clear consensus emerged from all sides of the house that hand hygiene is an important issue, direct observation is not an appropriate means of monitoring hand hygiene compliance, and technology offers a clear way of improving compliance and reducing infections.

John Hines, Director of Research and Development at Deb, added: “The debate proved a huge success and it was great to see MPs and Health Ministers joining forces to ensure infection prevention remains high on the Government’s list of priorities.

“Technology, if adopted in the right way, creates an opportunity to improve patient safety and reduce the £1bn cost associated with healthcare associated infections. Now it’s time to take further action by working closely with the Government to ensure more hospitals are aware of the benefits of electronic monitoring systems. We want to see such systems replacing direct observation audits, freeing nurses’ time and paving the way for a safer NHS.”

For more information about the debate on ‘Raising standards of infection prevention and control in the NHS’, click here. ( WHAT’S NEW? | 7

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