The Central Sterilising Club

About Us

The Central Sterilising Club was founded in 1960 by a small group of enthusiastic individuals who were either working in the rapidly evolving central sterile supply depts, or were attempting to solve the many problems associated with developing rapid, safe methods for sterilizing items in bulk.

Central Sterilising Club Events
Central Sterilising Club Events

The early meetings were chaired by the late Professor Darmady, then Senior Pathologist at Portsmouth, and attended by medical and scientific experts who became involved in the future developments. Many notable figures in the sterilization field have been, or are, members of the Club.

The Club still flourishes and its strength is its multi-disciplinary membership which includes: Medical and non-medical microbiologists Infection Prevention nurses,  Authorized persons (sterilizers) Sterile Service staff who together with commercial companies involved in all aspects of sterilization, make up a unique blend of skill experience and acknowledged expertise.

Several successful national groups have emerged from the Club’s membership, including the Institute for Decontamination Sciences (IDSc and formally the ISSM), the Infection Prevention Society (IPS, formally ICNA) and the Healthcare Infection Society (formally Hospital Infection Society). Similar groups based on the CSC have been formed in other countries.

The Club’s annual meeting is the only forum where members of all groups can meet, exchange ideas and solve mutual problems. The design of the meeting allows ample time for discussions in both formal sessions and in the less formal atmosphere for which the Club is noted.

The History of CSC


1960

The Central Sterilising Club is founded

1967

Publication of guidance on Sterilisation and Disinfection of Heat Labile Equipment, Working Party Report No. 2, Central Sterilising Club

1980

Kelsey Lecture established
View list of Kelsey Lectures

1986

Publication of guidance on Hygiene for Hydro therapy pools – Working Party Report No. 3. 1986;

2000

CSC members contribute to the national audit of decontamination standards in English hospitals.

2014

First CSC female Chair – Tina Bradley

2016

Publication of guidance on air quality in endoscope decontamination facilities – Working party report.

The Committee

The Current Committee Members

See The Past Chairmen

Chairman

Val O’Brien

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Secretary

Karren Staniforth MSc

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Treasurer

John Prendergast

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Media Coordinator

Gillian Hill

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Membership Secretary

Karen Tweed

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Committee Members

David Jenkins
Gillian Ellis-Pow
Alison Gee
Paul Jenkins
Ean Whalley
Mike Bowden
Kevin Peacock