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SYR unveils Florence Nightingale Cleaning Academy

Published 5th April, 2012 by Neil Nixon

SYR unveils Florence Nightingale Cleaning Academy

SYR will name its new training centre The Florence Nightingale Cleaning Academy, following long consideration and discussions with various groups including the Florence Nightingale Hospice at Stoke Mandeville.

The state-of-the-art facility, at the company’s HQ in Lye, West Midlands, is designed to bring training in the manual cleaning industry into the 21st century. The name was chosen to honour the woman who brought about a revolution in healthcare, particularly sanitation, which slashed hospital death rates in the Crimean War from 42% to 2%. Her concern to introduce better cleaning and hospital planning established practices that apply to hospitals today. Now the Florence Nightingale Cleaning Academy will equip cleaning operatives to meet that challenge.

SYR has invested heavily in the cleaning academy, with a new training area and a revamped auditorium. These complement the 5000 sq ft activities area, round-table conference room and separate meeting rooms.

The auditorium, which seats 60 people in comfortable cinema-style seating, now boasts surround sound and crystal-clear projection of any presentation on to a giant screen. The new wet mopping area is a purpose-built facility where users will be able to experience the latest cleaning technology on a variety of floor coverings widely found in healthcare settings.

The academy, as well as offering independent training courses leading to nationally recognised qualifications, will provide familiarisation with SYR’s new Ultimate product range, which gives improved cleaning while cutting costs and pollution.

At a time when hospitals are being asked to reduce numbers of infections by 29% for MRSA bloodstream infections and 18% for C.Diff infections, more effective cleaning will be key - but with budgets under pressure, it also needs to be more cost effective.

The Ultimate mopping combos, which give flat and wet mopping in the same combo, are designed to work with the new Clear Solution range of chemicals, including NHS colour-coded detergents specifically for use in the healthcare arena.

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