New hospital cleaning audit software supports national cleaning standards for infection control in the Healthcare sector
April 03, 2012, Press Dispensary.
National Cleaning Standards
The effective management of cleaning standards underpins infection control within the NHS. fmfirst-cleaning™ , launched today by Asckey Data Services Ltd, has been developed to the requirements of the National Specification for Cleanliness 2007 and the proposals contained in the PAS 5748:2011
. Recognising the on-going changes in the Healthcare sector, fmfirst-cleaning™ software is fully flexible and adaptable to any future requirement changes.
Applying 20+ years’ experience of delivering and supporting high quality facilities management systems to the NHS, Asckey is adding fmfirst-cleaning
™ to its fmfirst
™ product suite, arming FM departments within the Health Sector with the means to effectively manage national cleaning standards
compliance and audit standards within NHS sites across the country.
Direct user input from NHS Trusts played a definitive role in the product development phase, ensuring ease of use with maximum results. Each cleaning standard is represented by a system process, each designed to fully reflect user expectations. Components include: Cleaning Intensities; Contingency Percentage Calculations; Scheduled Audits, Periodic Task Frequencies, Daily Task Scheduling and PDA functionality. Mobile capability brings additional flexibility and allows for continuous monitoring on or off-site. The fast, user-friendly and intuitive functionality, allows for maximum control over the management and audit of cleaning standards within healthcare facilities.
Following a recent user feedback meeting, senior account manager Phil Wright commented: "Test users reported that fmfirst-cleaning™ has all the features and tools required for implementing the current cleaning standards. The audit and reports function were particularly well received, and the windows based navigation helped users in finding the right information quickly. The group also discussed the potential of using Asckey’s system integration tools to combine facilities and estates management operations in order to streamline inter-departmental communications.
fmfirst-cleaning™ is connected via Asckey’s own secure IGSoC accredited, high-speed NHS N3 data connection - providing instant access for product installation, user support and subsequent product updates. This valuable N3 connection, the only one in use by suppliers of cleaning/audit systems, provides instant access to the latest product updates with limited input from internal IT departments, offering a safe, cost-effective, highly efficient solution.
The development of fmfirst-cleaning™, as with all Asckey products, has been carried out under the latest ISO9001:2008 and TickIT standards. All current and future system developments follow stringent quality control procedures, providing system assurance and reliability.
The product comes with full user support; a full-time help desk manned by NHS specialist developers, an on-line user forum, on-going training courses and user consultation. fmfirst-cleaning™ provides continuing assurance and support for NHS Trusts looking to meet their cleaning standards objectives.
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Asckey Data Services Ltd
As long-standing Healthcare Facilities Consortium partners, Asckey have successfully implemented and supported their Eclipse-fm® facilities management software system in over 20 NHS trusts throughout England and Scotland. Specialising in bespoke software development, they also provide hosting and support for NHS systems including the NHS Information Centre’s online EFM portal and NHS contracts with the National Ophthalmology Database and the National Cancer Registry.
Established in 1994, Asckey have worked alongside NHS clients to meet the growing need for accountability and the need for reliable information systems. Specialist data collection systems, large and small, aim to simplify users’ complex system development requirements in order to meet operational standards.
As well as developing facilities management software, Asckey is involved in major data collection and benchmarking systems for the Department of Health, collecting and analysing many of the statistics relating to the overall condition of the NHS hospital buildings which are then used in strategic NHS management.
For further information, please contact:
Bernard Hill, Commercial Director
Asckey Data Services Ltd
Tel: 0845 270 7747