The Allied Traders’ exhibition is an important part of the event and there will be a special preview on Tuesday evening, with a bar sponsored by Aquafilm. Hainsworth Laundry Supplies and Buckley Lamb will host the traditional Wednesday evening social event.

The business programme will open with two different models for contingency planning: the robust plans developed for NHS linen Services in the North East of England, and an American model, with suggestions as to how it could be adapted for the UK.

On Wednesday Paul Cryer from NHS Estates explains the plans for the re-organisation of the Department of Health and presents the resulting, updated linen services standards. Andrew Jones of HEFMA talks about how Linen Services fit into facilities management.

The hot topic of “Superbugs” comes to the fore as TSA’s Murray Simpson looks at the relevance of current Health Service Guidelines HSG9518 and explains how professional laundering can help in fighting hospital infections.

Richard Neale of the Laundry Technology Centre takes up the hygiene theme on Thursday when he discusses EN14065 – the Biocontamination Control standard and explains how system for Hazard Analysis at Critical Control Points work.

The conference will also look at practical subjects such as the savings to be made by using fitted sheets and the benefits of using ozone in the wash process.