NTH Solutions, the provider of estates and facilities services to North Tees and Hartlepool NHS Foundation Trust, has helped students return to 18 schools across the Tees Valley and surrounding areas, including St Joseph’s RCVA Primary School in Newton Aycliffe, with its NHS standard deep cleaning service.

The NHS-owned company has partnered with schools across the region to deliver its Infection Control Deep Cleaning and Advisory Service, which provides staff, children and parents with the peace of mind that the schools have been deep cleaned and bio decontaminated to the highest possible standards.

The unique initiative offers a Reassurance Partnership to schools and other organisations in the North East and Yorkshire, providing an ongoing deep cleaning service to uphold a baseline level of cleanliness, all while reinvesting profits back into the NHS to support front-line patient care.

In addition to the deep cleaning and bio decontamination procedures, the service offers retraining of existing cleaning staff, audits to ensure cleaning standards are being maintained, drop-in sessions to provide information and reassurance for staff and/or pupils, swift outbreak response and official certification to confirm the school has been decontaminated to NHS standards.

One of the latest education trusts to partner with NTH Solutions is Bishop Hogarth Catholic Education Trust, which contains a total of 18 local schools, including Newton Aycliffe-based St Joseph’s RCVA Primary School.

NTH Solutions has been working with the education trust to prepare schools in welcoming students back on 15th June and in September as well as providing ongoing advisory support and regular deep cleans to reassure staff, parents and students about safely returning to school amid the Covid-19 pandemic.

As well as building strong partnerships within the community, and to ensure the cleaning support in the hospital is not impacted, NTH Solutions has so far introduced 30 new jobs to the Tees Valley, with all staff receiving the rigorous NHS training.

Maura Regan, Chief Executive Officer of Bishop Hogarth Catholic Education Trust, said: “With schools reopening in line with government guidelines, the safety and wellbeing of our students and staff is our utmost priority.

“In addition to enforcing social distancing measures throughout our schools, we have worked with NTH Solutions to deep clean our schools for safe reopening. The benefit of partnering with an NHS owned company has been invaluable, as it provided us with expert advice in building a new environmental management plan, while also supporting our local NHS Trust.”

Graeme Kelly, Assistant Director of Decontamination at NTH Solutions, said: “As an NHS-owned company, we are fully aware of the importance of infection prevention and control and the associated hygiene practices required in the workplace. This is particularly important for environments where it is more difficult to social distance, such as schools, colleges and nurseries, which is why we are committed to supporting the education sector in getting back up and running, and most importantly supporting them in maintaining a safe environment.

“As organisations across the country adapt to government guidance surrounding Covid-19, our Infection Control Deep Cleaning and Advisory Service will continue to support schools and other local businesses and organisations in the implementation and maintenance of high levels of cleanliness, as well as putting measures in place to protect staff, pupils, customers and the wider community.”