30May 2016

In the picture from left to right, Site Manager Trevor Keith, Operations Support Manager Zach Corbett, Cleaning operative Joanne Robb & members of the Bombardier Charity Committee, who organised the event.

Momentum Support is delighted to announce its part in a Bombardier coffee morning fundraising event held for the Epilepsy Society charity ‘Go purple for Epilepsy’ on behalf of staff member, Joanne Robb, and her family.

The fundraiser was organised by the Charity Committee of Momentum’s client, Bombardier, at its Aerostructures and Services Facility in Newtownabbey, Northern Ireland on March 25th with almost £1,000 raised for the charity.

Joanne Robb’s daughter was diagnosed with epilepsy in May 2015. Epilepsy is a neurological condition with a tendency to have recurring seizures starting in the brain and is usually only diagnosed after more than one seizure.

The Epilepsy Society has since been an invaluable source of information and support to Joanne and her family, helping them to stay positive through this difficult time.

Operations Support Manager, Zach Corbett, commended Joanne for setting an exceptional example within Momentum and encouraging others to raise money for a great cause: “We were delighted to be able to support Joanne in any way we could. Our site manager, Trevor Keith, and I also got the chance to demonstrate our cake presentation skills. We know that if we can do it, anyone can!”

Joanne Robb was overwhelmed with the support that she and the Epilepsy Society received at the event: “My family and I would like to say a big thank-you to everyone who supported the coffee morning. It was a team effort between Bombardier and Momentum Support, working together to make the event a success.”

Momentum Support would like to thank everyone involved in organising the coffee morning and raising funds for the Epilepsy Society.

07Apr 2016

Momentum Support are delighted to announce their part in Kevlar’s® four years injury free performance in the DuPont factory.

The site manager John McCarron and his assistant manager Margaret McBride are responsible for managing the contract in Kevlar®. Their hard work is pivotal in achieving this injury free goal as together they ensure correct protocols are adhered to when dealing with potentially dangerous chemicals and equipment.

This is the fifth year Momentum Support has worked in the DuPont premises based in Londonderry. DuPont operates in 90 countries across the world and serves markets including agriculture, nutrition, electronics, safety and protection and construction.

Kevlar® is perhaps most well-known for its use in bullet-proof & stab vests. The plastic material, strong enough to shield against bullets and knives, is also used in the manufacture of boats and to reinforce tires and brake pads.

The site works 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, resulting in staff having to work on all public holidays. Bridghe Grimes, our Northern Ireland Operations Manager, is extremely proud of the team and their dedication to both Momentum and DuPont.

11Mar 2016
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In this picture, left to right: Ann Maher (St James’s Hospital), Owen Doherty, Stephen Dunne, Ettie Donavan, Ion Calian, Ioan Orgic and Jean Moriarty (St James’s Hospital).

Momentum Support is delighted to announce its fantastic accomplishment in receiving three awards at the Irish Accommodation Services Institute (IASI) award ceremony earlier this year for its delivery of high standard cleanliness and hygiene.

This is a significant achievement as the three sites chosen and entered into the awards won with outstanding results, reflecting the exceptional dedication and professionalism of all Momentum Support’s teams.

The Gold Standard Award, awarded only to those best in class teams, was presented to the operations team in the Day Surgery Ward in St James’s Hospital. Congratulations to Momentum Support’s supervisor for this area, Ettie Donovan, and her team for their dedication and hard work. Ettie has a fantastic working relationship with both her team and the hospital staff in the Day Surgery Ward.

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In this picture, left to right, back row: Cosmin Pascalau, Elzbieta Przekwas, Tomasz Pospiec and Ana Maria Axente. Left to right, front row: Catalin Alexandru, Laura Whelan, Michelle Kavanagh and Noeleen Sheridan (MMUH).

The Carney Unit (Oncology Haematology Day Unit) team in the Mater Hospital also achieved the Gold Standard Award and, in addition, finished as runner up in the Supreme Award which was a fantastic achievement as Momentum Support only acquired this contract in May 2015. Laura Whelan and her team’s hard work and dedication were a major factor in winning these awards.

The South Infirmary Victoria University Hospital, Cork was presented with the Silver Standard Award. Congratulations to Paul Whelan, and his team, particularly Barbara, Jacinta and Virginia, who are responsible for cleaning the area audited, the L1S Elective Ward. It was mentioned by the judge that this was an exceptional achievement in itself as the hospital is currently undergoing a challenging refurbishment programme.

In this picture, left to right: Paul Whelan, Barbara Szczeblawska and Jacinta Hosford.

In this picture, left to right: Paul Whelan, Barbara Szczeblawska and Jacinta Hosford.

All the judging was carried out by an IASI judge who visited the three sites and undertook a complete audit including inspection of general condition, appearances of the environment, cleanliness, hand hygiene, waste management and patient equipment.
Momentum Support’s Healthcare Operations Manager, Sinead Grogan, was delighted to see all the teams’ hard work recognised: “I am very proud of the staff and the effort that went into achieving these awards.”

28Sep 2015

Sinead Grogan – Healthcare Operations Manager at Momentum Support.

In May 2015, Sinead Grogan, the Healthcare Operations Manager for Momentum Support oversaw the addition of the Mater Hospital to Momentum’s list of healthcare sites – making Momentum one of the largest suppliers of healthcare cleaning and facility services in Ireland.

Healthcare Operations at Momentum already provided cleaning and ancillary services such as window cleaning, pest control, grounds maintenance and decanting services to a number of major Irish hospitals and healthcare facilities before adding The Mater Hospital Dublin to the roster. Hot on the heels of the contract win at The Mater also came Momentum Support’s recent retention of St. James’s Hospital and the Adelaide and Meath Hospital (AMNCH) – proving once again that Momentum Support have, and will continue, to “deliver on their promises” by retaining these extensive healthcare sites through full public tender process.

Sinead has worked in healthcare for all of her professional life, starting her career cleaning at St. James’s hospital, before becoming Quality Assurance Manger at the hospital and joining Momentum Support in 2012 as site manger. She now heads a team of c. 500 staff, spread over 6 diverse sites. “It’s all about the patient experience” says Sinead “our duty is to deliver a clean hospital at all stages of the patient experience. Without a clean hospital, healthcare simply cannot function”.

The cleaning contract at the Mater Hospital represents an important first in Momentum’s history, as it is the first time the company is responsible for cleaning medical equipment as well the cleaning of all high, medium and low-risk areas. This first builds upon the successful trial Momentum Support are still running at St. James’s Hospital where in two wards, Momentum staff are responsible for cleaning all equipment and elements, many of which before had been the responsibilities of the Healthcare Assistants (HCAs) and nurses. “Traditionally, any particular element, such as a bed for example, could be cleaned by three different teams. The cleaning contractor would clean the frame, the HCA – the mattress, and if there were any bodily fluids involved, this would be cleaned by the nurses/HCA. With the new arrangement – we are responsible for cleaning all aspects of each element, which has freed up HCAs and nurses for other duties and direct patient care”.

The run-up to the switchover at midnight on the 1st of May 2015 was a hectic time, recalls Sinead. “The whole team worked very hard in the weeks before the handover, getting everything from uniforms, machinery and training ready for the big day. We got great support from all across Momentum, irrespective of area. Myself and Laura Whelan, the site manager, were in the hospital for 48 hours straight in the 2 days coming up to the handover. We felt like Santa Claus on the night before Christmas going through the hospital laying out new uniforms and placing the new machinery in readiness for the team the following morning.”

Training has played a huge part in the project, with each of the 140 staff being re-trained onsite at The Mater hospital for minimum disruption. “The training is continuous” says Sinead, “Katarzyna, the training/quality assurance office is doing a great job, and is onsite for ongoing training for the foreseeable future”.

“We have already had one HIQA inspection” says Sinead, “and I don’t let unannounced inspections unsettle the team at all. As I always say, there’s a patient, a visitor and a member of staff coming through the doors every day – so if every day we hold ourselves to the highest of standards, we are ready for any inspection”.

Sinead also headed up the team that won the Gold Standard in Accommodation Awards in 2014 for the H&H Building at St. James’s Hospital. “It’s a really big deal” says Sinead “it’s incredible recognition for Lorna, the site supervisor and her team there as this was the first year we had entered the awards – they do a really fantastic job”.

Outside of work, Sinead calls her children, her “other job”. She loves to read, a lifelong habit she has passed onto her children, and greatly enjoys taking Jasper – the family miniature schnauzer for his daily walks with her partner. She also remarkably finds time for the extremely demanding TRX suspension workout. “It’s exercise at the end of a rope” says Sinead, “it’s great for focus and gives me some me-time”.

“What I love about my job” says Sinead, “is that no two days are the same. In healthcare you literally don’t know what each new day is going to bring.”

18Sep 2015

Hugh Moody, the operations director of Momentum Support Security, oversaw the commencement of a number of important projects over the summer of 2015.

In May 2015, Momentum Support Security commenced a new contract with the Dublin Airport Authority, responsible for the 3 long term car parks at the airport. Dublin airport has the most extensive car park complex in the Republic of Ireland, and Momentum Support Security has placed 12 full-time staff at the facility, providing services in access control, observation and reporting, customer care and mobile patrols.

On commencement of the contract, Momentum Support Security installed new systems for better reporting and mobile patrol presence accountability, which is paving the way for the planned introduction of GPS clocking technology. Particular attention was paid to the integration of Momentum Support Systems with existing DAA infrastructure, and all observation and reporting outputs were custom tailored for the DAA data processing systems.

Also in May 2015, work started for Momentum Support Security at the prestigious Market Cross Shopping Centre in Kilkenny. Recently renovated, the shopping centre has a well-established reputation within the retail industry spanning 25 years – and Momentum Support Security now provides static guard, mall security, foot patrol, car park management and customer care at the centre. The majority of the 7 new full-time staff at the centre were locally recruited as per Momentum policy.

Over the course of the summer Momentum Support Security was contracted to provide security for the most critical and vulnerable stages of the refurbishment and renovation works at Humewood Castle for Liberty developments. A hand-picked team of security specialists was recruited for this project, and the refurbishment works at the private residence and conference centre were completed entirely incident-free.

The Momentum Support Security management team has been strengthened in the last 20 months by Paddy O’Malley, coming from the Garda Siochana as a retired Detective Sergeant with extensive security experience; and in the last 12 months by Gary Comerford, who brings a force of creativity, innovation and hard work.

Hugh joined Momentum Support Security in March 2008, after 25 years in the Defence Forces, where he retired with rank of Army Commandant. In his time in the Defence Forces, Hugh completed a B.Sc in Geology at UCG, 3 tours of duty as a military commander in Lebanon as part of UNIFIL, and a year in Macedonia with the European Union Monitoring Mission (EUMM) at the end of the Balkans conflict.

Hugh has 3 sons, Fiachra, Hugh and Tadhg, and a daughter, Fionnuala. Having played Gaelic football for his native Clare he still enjoys getting out into the open air with hillwalking and sea kayaking.

12Aug 2015

Momentum Support are delighted to announce the commencement of their new services contract at Dublin Airport which will be overseen by their recently appointed Operations Director Ian Anderson.

Ian initially joined Momentum Support in 2010 as a Contracts Manager to oversee a large scale multi-site manufacturing operation in Belfast. Since then Ian’s role has continually grown and developed cross border playing a key role in Operations, Project Management and the Development of Business Strategy within our organisation. Having now completed over 25 years of service within the Hospitality and Service industry, Ian brings a wealth of experience in Operational, Financial and HR Management to the role. As well as a proven track record in developing and successfully executing strategy to maximise contractual performance, Ian has consistently demonstrated that the service and value provided to his customers has been key to building lasting relationships and contractual growth.

On appointment and award of the business, Ian said…. “I am delighted to have the opportunity to represent Momentum Support in operating such a prestigious contract. The new contract encompasses a broad range of key deliverables which complement the overall services offered to staff, passengers and visitors at the Airport. Balancing our focus on Quality, Customer Service and the Development of our staff, I am confident that Momentum Support will add value and make a positive contribution to the overall experience had by those visiting the Airport”.