Mitie has won a new seven and a half-year contract to deliver services for Lister Hospital and Hertford County Hospital, two of East and North Hertfordshire NHS Trust’s hospitals. The contract is worth £4 million a year and has the option to extend for up to two and a half years.
The contract will see Mitie colleagues delivering cleaning services for the two hospitals, as well as portering services for Hertford County Hospital. This new contract adds to Mitie’s winning streak, having announced earlier this year that it secured facilities management and catering contracts with three other NHS Trusts in England.
Technology will be central to the contract, with Mitie rolling-out sensors to monitor footfall across the hospitals’ public spaces, including reception areas and entrances, in real time. This data will help Mitie identify spaces that are being used most frequently and therefore should be prioritised for cleaning, helping keep hospital employees and patients safe.
Mitie will also introduce a new autonomous scrubber-drier robot to keep the Hospitals’ floors spick and span whilst allowing cleaning colleagues to focus on key tasks, such as disinfecting touch points and other critical areas. With sustainability a priority, the robot has been designed to use less energy and water than traditional machines, allowing Mitie to help the NHS achieve its goal of becoming net zero by 2040.
As part of the contract, Mitie will provide the Trusts’ site managers with access to its real-time reporting platform. As well as being linked to the real-time footfall sensors, the Trust will have access to a range of information about the work carried out across the hospitals, including insights on areas earmarked for priority cleaning.
Over 200 Mitie employees will deliver cleaning and portering services for Lister Hospital and Hertford County Hospital. For this contract, Mitie and East and North Hertfordshire NHS Trust have committed to uplift all Mitie frontline colleagues to at least the Real Living Wage.
Alice Woodwark, Managing Director, Communities, Mitie, said:
“We’re very pleased have been chosen to deliver cleaning services for Lister Hospital and Hertford County Hospital, kicking-off our partnership with East and North Hertfordshire NHS Trust. We look forward to using our healthcare cleaning expertise, alongside our technology and sustainability experience, to help keep hospital staff and patients safe, while contributing to the NHS commitment to reach net zero.”
Kevin Howell, Director, Estates and Facilities, East and North Hertfordshire NHS Trust, said:
“Clean, and well-maintained facilities are essential in an acute hospital. We’re looking forward to working with the Mitie team at Lister Hospital, and Hertford County Hospital to ensure safe, clean sites for our patients, staff and visitors.”
Notes to editors
The contract started on 01 May 2021
Founded in 1987, Mitie’s job is to look after places where Britain works and is the leading facilities management company in the UK. We offer a range of services to Central Government and Defence customers; Communities (Healthcare, Education and Local Authorities); and Technical Services (Engineering Services, Energy, Water and Real Estate Services) and Business Services (Security, Cleaning and Office Services) to Private Sector clients in Financial Services, Manufacturing, Transport, Retail and Telecoms and increasingly to the public sector. Finally, our Specialist Services (Care & Custody, Landscapes and Waste Management) division serves both the public and private sector in higher margin niche businesses.
Mitie acquired Interserve’s FM business in December 2020 and now employs 77,500 people we are the champion of the ‘Front-Line Heroes’ who have kept Britain working during the COVID-19 pandemic. We take care of our customers’ people and buildings, through the ‘Science of Service’, delivering essential services and deploying industry leading technology to create safe and effective workspaces.
The business continues to execute its technology-led strategy and in the past six months has received multiple awards.
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