How hygiene can make up for funding cuts

Canon Hygiene's Steve Nurdin

Steve Nurdin, marketing manager at Cannon Hygiene, explains how an effective hygiene strategy can help care homes providers achieve positive customer feedback and attract new business.

The UK social care system is facing a crisis and care homes will be hit the hardest. Spending cuts and unsustainably low budgets – on average £620 a week – have led to care home providers not being able to cover day-to-day costs, according to the Competition and Markets Authority (CMA). The Guardian also recently reported that social care spending has decreased by £7bn since 2010 and English councils plan to push through another £700m in social care cuts by the end of 2019.

Hillbrush Hygiene Anti-Microbial Cleaning Tools - a solid defence for reducing the risk of cross contamination and infections

Hillbrush Hygiene Anti-Microbial Cleaning Tools

Providing the best possible healthcare is always at the top of every healthcare providers list, and this includes ensuring that any potential health risks are effectively minimised and controlled. 

Throughout the healthcare industry there are significant risks from infectious bacterial cross-contamination, especially in shared living spaces such as care homes and hospitals. The risks are magnified in facilities for older and frail people where cleaning regimes are not strictly controlled. This can lead to the spread of potentially deadly pathogenic bacteria, such as Campylobacter, MRSA, E.coli, Legionella, Listeria and Salmonella amongst others.

Cleanliness, hygiene and fine fragrance

Cleanliness, hygiene and fine fragrance

Cleanliness and hygiene are of paramount importance for carers and nurses but often deep cleaning, antibacterial products smell strongly of bleach or chemicals.  Imagine if you could clean up vomit, bodily fluids, faeces and blood with professional grade cleaning products while, at the same time, managing the unpleasant odours and leaving the surroundings with a fresh, uplifting scent.

Wybone clinical waste bin promises to reduce spread of infection 

clinical waste bin

As flu season continues to grip the country, Wybone have introduced a clinical waste bin which promises to perform even better than before, reducing the spread of infection.

The Capsule II All Plastic Sackholder compliments Wybone’s existing range, which began production in 1973. The firm is this year marking its 20th anniversary of supplying of sackholders to the NHS.

Wybone’s easy-clean range includes metal, hybrid (plastic and metal) and capsule units. The capsule has been further developed to incorporate a plastic pedal and body with no metal components to deliver an all-plastic unit – the Capsule II.

Implementing a robust hygiene strategy during renovation is a must

Chrissie Rowlinson

Chrissie Rowlinson, product marketing manager at Cannon Hygiene, discusses why care homes need to keep hygiene front-of-mind during renovation works and the strategies to do so.


Because care homes often have to remain fully operational during refurbishment projects thereby creating a “live” environment for contractors, there can be unavoidable disruptions to some residents and staff. However, hygiene should never slip and it’s vital that strategies are in place to minimise health and safety risks.


New training programme launched to help care homes improve infection control

Care homes across the UK can get up to speed on infection control, continence care and health and safety thanks to a new training programme. 

Infection control product specialist Cairn Care has launched the online tool that provides homes with up-to-date training materials that can be downloaded at any time of the day or night. 

Resources include advice on cleaning schedule, infection control plans, advice posters and basic workplace training tools. 

It also contains useful information to help care home customers use Cairn Care’s products correctly and effectively.

The training hub forms only part of Cairn Care’s new website which also comprises of a new online store dedicated to the UK residential care sector in the UK. 

Environmental decontamination in Care Homes

There is increasing evidence that the environment plays a significant role in the spread of infection in settings in which vulnerable people are cared for. Potential pathogens can survive on surfaces for considerable periods of time, examples include: MRSA surviving for over a year in dust, and spores of Clostridium difficile remain viable for over five months. Viruses too can survive in the surrounding 

The MP’s View: Advancing Hand Hygiene Compliance in the NHS


Andrea Jenkyns, MP for Morley and Outwood and founder of the ‘Handz’ hand hygiene campaign, refocuses the attention that must be paid to the prevention of healthcare associated infections (HCAIs).  After personally experiencing the devastating impact of HCAIs, and recent data indicating a rise of the number of cases recorded, Ms Jenkyns is calling for urgent action to improve hand hygiene compliance across the NHS. The 21st century NHS is facing many challenges, one of these being an increase in HCAIs. A number of healthcare workers are failing to adhere to adequate hand hygiene practises whilst at work, causing infections to hospital patients to spread. This is a pertinent concern which must be looked into, sooner rather than later.


A local care home has become the latest Edinburgh business to be presented with a prestigious Eat Safe Award for food safety. Bupa’s Braid Hills care home was awarded the merit through the Eat Safe scheme, which is run by national agency Food Standards Scotland in conjunction with local Councils and recognises excellence in food hygiene and food safety management across the country.


In the wake of recent findings outlining the serious infection risk posed to care homes by poor laundry practice, Electrolux Professional will be hosting a series of online seminars on how to improve Laundry Cycle Management and cut the chances of bacterial outbreaks in care environments. Given the often delicate nature of care industry residents, infection risk management is always on the radar for both operators and managers.