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Annual Scientific Meeting

3rd April, 2023 4th April, 2023

Bookings for the 2023 Annual Scientific Meeting are now closed, but the event is being recorded and you will have the option to purchase the presentation recordings about one month after the event.


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Themes include manufacturer’s instructions, decontamination accidents and incidents, mobile decontamination units and endoscopy and dental decontamination.

Kelsey Lecture: Joost Hopman – Sterilisation and Decontamination in low resource settings.

Debate: This house believes that manufacturer’s instructions are restrictive and detrimental to instrument reprocessing

HSIB investigation on sterile services departments: Neil Alexander, Healthcare Safety Investigation Branch, with Elaine Cloutman-Green discussing Human Behaviours.

Mobile endoscopy decontamination units: John Prendergast, Jim Tinsdeall and Helen Griffiths

Dental decontamination: this year we are going to be taking a serious look at how the four nations are approaching this hot topic and the following will be covered: history (Andrew Smith), research (David Coleman – Ireland), updates in Scotland (Alice Miller) and Wales (Ilona Johnson) and a view from the dentist’s chair (Ian Mills – England).

We look forward to welcoming you, our delegates to Newcastle upon Tyne and hope that following our autumn study day that as many of you as possible will be able to make the journey in a sustainable way.

This event carries 14 CPD points for the two days.


DAY 1: Monday 3rd April 2023

9:00Registration and refreshments
10:25Welcome and introduction
Jimmy Walker, CSC Chair
10:30Kelsey Lecture: 
The challenges of decontamination in low resource settings
Joost Hopman
11:30Tea and coffee
Chair:Josh Blake
12:00Trials and tribulations of a DIPC
Pat Cattini
12:30Corporate presentation 1:
Assessing transmission risks and use of an Infection Prevention toolkit for reprocessing ultrasound probes
Elise Wishart, Nanosonics
14:00Debate: “This house believes that manufacturer’s instructions are restrictive and detrimental to instrument reprocessing”
Moderator: David Jenkins
For: Sharon Fox
Richard Bancroft
15:15Tea and coffee
Chair:Jim Tinsdeall
15:45HSIB’s investigation relating to the decontamination of surgical instruments
Neil Alexander
16:15Human Factors: How people bring uncertainty to any system
Elaine Cloutman-Green
16:45Final questions and close
17:00Annual general meeting
19:30Mike Emmerson drinks reception followed by the ASM Gala dinner and quiz hosted by Mike Bowden

DAY 2: Tuesday 4th April 2023

8:30Registration and refreshments
Chair:Josh Blake
9:15Corporate presentation 3: Mobile decontamination units: How we’ve supported 23 NHS Trusts with endoscope reprocessing capacity.
Jenny Anderton EMS
9:45Corporate presentation 4: Endoscopy rinse water – where have we come from, where are we now, where are we going?
Mett Smart, 20/30 Labs
10:15Tea and coffee
Chair:Karen Johnson – Mobile Decontamination Units
10:45Mobile treatment units – essential quality requirements or best practise?
John Prendergast
11:15Interim solutions – reasons to be cheerful!
Jim Tinsdeall
12:00Clinical perspectives on mobile endoscopy units
Helen Griffiths
Chair:Andrew Smith – The Alphabetti Spaghetti of Dental Decontamination
13:45“The Specialists”:
An introduction to dental decontamination across the UK
Andrew Smith
14:00“The Good, The Bad and The Ugly”:
Not so well known risk factors in dental instrument and equipment decontamination
David Coleman
14:30“A Fistful of Dollars”
Evolving and embedding guidance – factors that facilitate uptake and progress
Alice Miller
15:00Tea and coffee
15:15“For a Few Dollars More”:
Dental decontamination in Wales: evidence, policy and practice
Ilona Johnson
15:45“Once Upon a Time in the West”:
IPC challenges, risks and opportunities in primary dental care
Ian Mills
16:15Panel discussion
16:30Close of meeting
Jimmy Walker, CSC Chair

Corporate Presentations at the 2023 ASM

Thank you very much for your interest, these have now been agreed for this year.


3rd April, 2023
4th April, 2023
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The Venue: Crowne Plaza in the Stephenson Quarter of Newcastle Upon Tyne

The venue for our 2023 ASM will be the Crowne Plaza in the Stephenson Quarter of Newcastle Upon Tyne. Just steps away from Newcastle Central Station, this is a smart, city-centre hotel with refined meeting spaces, a spa and a renowned gin bar.

Visit historic Newcastle Castle, just a seven-minute walk from the hotel. The site comprises the 12thcentury stone fortress, the Castle Keep and the Black Gate, which was a later addition. You can wander through centuries-old passageways and discover royal chambers once occupied by kings. Displays along the way recount the castle’s history, through Roman and medieval times to the modern day. The city centre shops and nightlife are within a short walk too!

Address: Hawthorn Square Forth Street, Newcastle Upon Tyne NE1 3SA
Tel: 0191 562 3333

Hotel website

Check-in time: 3 pm
Check-out time: 11 am

Car Parking
The closest car park is Stephenson Quarter Car Park located on Forth Street behind the hotel. Car parking is subsidised to £12 per 24 hours for hotel guests. Please ensure a ticket is collected from the hotel reception to validate your parking token.

The hotel can be accessed from Level 10. Train: From Newcastle Central Station:

Turn left onto Neville Street/A186 Left onto Marlborough/A695 (The South A1M, Gateshead A189, Blaydon) Left at the lights onto B1600 (Quayside) Under the bridge then left. The hotel is on the right. The car park is down the hill, on the left