2018 Annual Scientific meeting

Topics to include: Endoscope decontamination and staff training Storage and transportation requirements Washing optimization Medical Device Equipment processing Tracking and traceability systems – instruments and devices to patients

Case study: A multidisciplinary approach to managing decontamination in a large teaching hospital.

Featuring: The Kelsey Lecture, in memory of Professor Graham Ayliffe Historical perspectives of testing the efficacy of hand antiseptics, by Professor Manfred L. Rotter, University of Vienna

Early bird discount:

Members have been emailed an early bird discount code to use when registering before 14 February for the Gold and Silver packages. This code can only be used by members and is a benefit of membership. If you have not received your discount code by email please contact [email protected]

Registration fees:

** SOLD OUT ** Gold Package – Sunday B&B, Monday conference (including refreshments and lunch), Conference Dinner, Monday B&B, Tuesday conference (including refreshments and lunch)
£450 early bird fee for members up to and including 14/2/18
£480 non-members and all bookings from 15/2/18

Silver Package – Monday conference (including refreshments and lunch), Conference Dinner, Monday B&B, Tuesday conference (including refreshments and lunch)
£340 early bird fee for members up to and including 14/2/18
£370 non-members and all bookings from 15/2/18

Bronze Package – Monday AND Tuesday conference days only (including refreshments and lunch)

One day only – Monday OR Tuesday conference day (including refreshments and lunch)

Conference Dinner – Monday evening, for day delegates or accompanying guests

Study Day 2018

What could possibly go wrong? Lessons learned in decontamination

An excellent learning opportunity for all those involved in decontamination from hands-on operatives, decontamination managers, infection prevention practitioners and associated professionals to extend their knowledge and improve practice.

On the day

09:30 - Registration and refreshments

10:00 -  Welcome and introduction by Val O’Brien, CSC Chair

Chairman: Gill Ellis-Pow – What could possibly go wrong?

10:10 -  Surgical instruments – what you see is what you get, but is it fit for purpose?
Paul Anderson, Regional Operations Manager, STERIS Instrument Management Services
and Sharon Fox, Trust Decontamination and Sterile Service Manager, University Hospitals
Birmingham NHS Foundation Trust

10:50 - What could possibly go wrong – very difficult situations that involved the AE(D) to try
and resolve
Graham Stanton, Retired Senior Decontamination Engineer, Shared Services, and currently
Chair of IHEEM AE(D) Registration Board

11:20 - Coffee break

Chairman: Gillian Hill - How to investigate and manage risk

11:50 - Linking incident assessment and patient risk
Peter Hoffman, Public Health England

12:20 - Human factors: culture and why things go wrong
Martin Kiernan, Visiting Clinical Fellow, Richard Wells Research Centre, University of West

12:50 - Discussion and questions

13:00 - Lunch

Chairman: David Jenkins - Lessons learned and planning ahead to reduce risk

14:00 - Serious untoward incident investigation: lessons learned
Shirley Hoskins, Assistant Service Manager for Clinical Support Services, Abertawe Bro
Morgannwg University Health Board

14:30 - Major Trauma Network: maintaining availability of trauma sets in a mass casualty event
Bob Winter, National Clinical Director, Emergency Preparedness, Resilience and Response NHS England

15:10 - It’s all in the planning: how to close sterile services without anybody noticing
Alison Gee, Nottingham University Hospitals

15:50 - Questions and closing remarks

16.00 - Close of meeting


The venue

Nestled within and surrounded by some of the most fascinating and beautifully landscaped gardens in the country, Birmingham Botanical Gardens offers a striking event space, just 1.5 miles from central Birmingham. The venue is easily accessible from the M6, M5 and M42, and a few minutes by taxi from New Street Station.

Birmingham Botanical Gardens
Westbourne Road,
B15 3TR

By car:
From the M40: Take M42 West to M5 then:
From the M5: Leave at junction 3 and take A456 signposted City Centre. Turn right onto B4129 (Norfolk Road) signposted Botanical Gardens.
From the M6: Leave at junction 6 and take A38(M) to City Centre. Follow underpasses signposted Birmingham West to A456. At Five Ways island turn left onto B4217 (Calthorpe Road) signposted Botanical Gardens.
Locally: Follow signs for Edgbaston then brown tourist signs to Botanical Gardens.

By bus:
Buses 10, 21, 22, 23, 24 and 29 stop in Westbourne Road (westbound) and Harborne Road (eastbound).

By train:
From Five Ways Station – 15 minutes walk/bus. Turn left on leaving the station, walk to the roundabout (8 mins.), take bus 22 from the stop in Calthorpe Road to Westbourne Road (4 mins.) and then alight near the Gardens (1 min.).
From Birmingham New Street Station – Buses (as above) from Colmore Row or 20 minutes’ taxi ride.

The on-site car park has space for 120 cars. These spaces are available on a first come first served basis. The car parking is free of charge, however, delegates must enter their vehicle registration in the touch screen stand in the reception. The car park is monitored with ANPR, and failure to enter the correct registration will result in a penalty notice.

Annual Scientific Meeting - April 2019

An excellent learning opportunity for all those involved in decontamination from hands-on operatives, decontamination managers, infection prevention practitioners and associated professionals to extend their knowledge and improve practice.

Featuring the Kelsey Lecture: Failure of cleaning and disinfection of endoscopes; prevalence, impact and (future) solutions, by Margreet C. Vos, Professor in Medical Microbiology, Infection Prevention, Erasmus MC, The Netherlands

New for 2019! Arrive on Sunday to take part in the CSC Golf Day or to have a mini spa treatment!

Early Bird Deadline 15th February 2019

The venue

Worsley Park Marriott Hotel & Country Club delivers the very best of both worlds: a tranquil escape amidst 200 acres of scenic parkland, as well as easy access to central Manchester, just a short drive away. Worsley Park Golf Club has an 18-hole championship course, a driving range and a putting green. In addition, the hotel features a luxury on-site spa, and excellent dining at Grill in the Park.

Worsley Park Marriott Hotel and Country Club
Worsley Park
Manchester, M28 2QT

By car:
Take exit 13 from the M60, follow the A575 for 0.5 miles to the hotel.

The on-site car park has space for 250 cars and is complimentary.

By bus:
Manchester Piccadilly bus station is 14.5km from the hotel.

By train:
The nearest train station is Walkden, 1.9km from the hotel.

By plane:
Manchester airport – 22.7km, Leeds Bradford airport – 75.6km, Liverpool John Lennon airport – 45.2km

CSC Study Day September Nottingham

First, do no harm: A study day to explore the essentials of medical device decontamination

This year’s Study Day will cover some of the challenges we face in trying to improve compliance and strategies for overcoming barriers to safe and effective decontamination. The Study Day is an excellent learning opportunity for :

• Hands-on decontamination operatives
• Decontamination managers
• Infection prevention practitioners
• Providers of healthcare services, products and equipment

Programme includes:
Dr Vanessa McGregor, Public Health Consultant), and Tracey Lamming, Senior Health Protection Practitioner, from Public Health England will describe their own experience of decontamination in a community dental practice John Prendergast, AE(D), NHS Wales, will give his own personal experiences reviewing decontamination practises for ENT provision within the NHS

View study day program


The Royal Wolverhampton NHS Trust and University Hospitals Birmingham NHS Foundation Trust jointly brings you a brand new event - DECON UK 2020.  Taking place on 28 April at the Molineux Stadium in Wolverhampton, DECONUK UK will bring you the latest in the field with renowned speakers and a large exhibition.

Who should attend?

This event will be relevant to sterile services managers, decontamination leads, GPs, theatre nurses, infection control and endoscopy staff.

This conference is free to attend and places are limited so we recommend booking early to avoid disappointment.

Register Here


Wednesday 16th September at 1630h via HIS conference facilities (ZOOM).


FIS/HIS International

The Federation of Infection Societies conference is a multi-theme, international conference that attracts over 700 delegates. It is a must-attend event for those working in infection prevention and control, infectious diseases, clinical microbiology and biomedical science.

Registration and fees

FIS/HIS Decontamination Session


1.    14.00-14.15
Andrew Birch: The technical support available for Infection Control specialists

2.    14.15-14.30
Karen Tweed: The basics of decontamination

3.    14.30-14.45
David Jenkins: How do we know about outbreaks linked to decontamination breaches?

14.45-15.15 – Questions and Answers


Chair: Gill Ellis-Pow

Gill Ellis-Pow


Gill has been involved in decontamination for over 20years, starting with the Scottish National Audit headed by David Hurrell and Rosemary Simpson and has been the NHS Lothian Decontamination Lead since 2002.

Previously Gill worked in the Theatre Suite at St John’s Hospital, Livingstone from 1989-2002 as a Charge Nurse and latterly as the Theatre Manager/Co-ordinator.

Gill was the Chair of the Scottish National Endoscopy Decontamination Working Group and is a member of the Scottish National CJD Working Group and RMD Decontamination Expert Group.

Gill has been a member of the Central Sterilising Club since 2003 and has been a committee member twice; most recently for the past 2 years. She is also a member of the Institute of Decontamination Sciences, was Director of Communications/Editor of the Medical Device Decontamination Journal for 6 years and sat on the Education Sub Committee for about 8 years.

Gill completed her BSc, with Distinction, in 2007 and then her Post-Graduate Diploma in Medical Device Decontamination 2011.

She lives in Port Seton, has four boys, plays golf at Gullane Golf Club and is the Honorary Secretary of Gullane Ladies’ Golf Club.


1.    Andrew Birch

Andrew Birch

Title:  The technical support available for Infection Control specialists


After serving an engineering apprenticeship in the pharmaceutical industry, latterly with a special interest in steam sterilization validation, Andrew moved to healthcare in the late 90’s. After a time working as a Test Person on autoclaves and washer disinfectors Andrew completed the Advanced Course in Sterilization Technology in 2010 and has been a registered Authorising Engineer (Decontamination) since 2012. Andrew now works for NHS Trusts, pharmaceutical companies, and training providers.

Overview of presentation:

Andrew will discuss the automated processes used in the decontamination of surgical instruments and endoscopes, including the validation, tests and checks performed to ensure safe and compliant function and the problem areas that might come to the attention of Infection Prevention and Control Teams.


2.    Karen Tweed

Karen Tweed

Title:  The basics of decontamination


Karen started her career at the Huddersfield Royal Infirmary when she worked in pharmacy manufacturing.  After 20 years she moved into sterile services and relocated to the Leeds Trust.  Karen obtained her MSc Decontamination with the University of Highland and Islands in 2009. Karen moved jobs in January 2014 and now works for the Sheffield Trust as Deputy Operations Director, Decontamination. Karen is also the Membership Secretary for the Central Sterilising Club.

Overview of presentation:

Karen will discuss the basics of decontamination and will describe the differences between cleaning, disinfection and sterilising as well as the roles and responsibilities for decontamination practices in a healthcare setting including responsibilities of the stakeholders and will describe the differences between automated and manual cleaning.


3.    David Jenkins

David Jenkins

Title: How do we know about outbreaks linked to decontamination breaches?


Dr David Jenkins has been a consultant medical microbiologist and lead infection prevention doctor at University Hospitals of Leicester NHS Trust since 1997. He is also the lead doctor for antimicrobials in the Trust. He provides clinical microbiology support for Glenfield Hospital, helping with the management of infection in cardiology, cardiac, thoracic and vascular surgery patients including patients on intensive care in the extra-corporeal membrane oxygenation unit. In addition, David is an Honorary Associate Professor at the University of Leicester where he is involved in teaching medical and other heath science students.

David has held a number of national roles over recent years, including being as elected member of Council of the Royal College of Pathologists, where he is also the immediate past-chair of the Medical Microbiology and Virology Specialty Advisory Committee. He has also served on the councils of the Healthcare Infection Society and the Central Sterilising Club. He is the current President-Elect of the British Society for Antimicrobial Chemotherapy. He takes over full presidential duties in March 2021.

David has contributed to a number of national guidelines and co-authored research papers on infection prevention and antimicrobial stewardship. He has also been in an invited speaker at conferences in Europe, Asia, North and South America.

Overview of presentation:

David will discuss how decontamination failures related to cystoscopes appears to have led to a number of post-cystoscopy Pseudomonas aeruginosa infections including  bloodstream infection and septic arthritis and will discuss how decontamination processes that are not appropriate for the UK can lead to process failures.

Dental Decontamination and the Pandemic: is Your Practice Recovering?

We are delighted to announce that we have organised another CSC study forum entitled “Dental Decontamination and the Pandemic: is Your Practice Recovering?”.

This is in collaboration with Prodental CPD and hence is primarily related to those that work in dentistry however many of the concepts relate to many of the aspects of our own day jobs in medical device decontamination.

Register Here: https://us02web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_Mmm-yuLfT3SQStZODZUXAA

We very much look forward to welcoming you to the event on the 10th February and would be grateful if you are able to circulate this to your contacts and those you feel would benefit from this programme.

Dental Decontamination and the Pandemic: is Your Practice Recovering?