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CSC Autumn Study Day 2023

16th October, 2023 @ 9:00 am 4:30 pm

114 Mount Pleasant
Liverpool,L3 5SRUnited Kingdom
0151 709 9125 ex 202
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“Decontamination: Dare to defy the dogma.”

In the new NHS, with the challenges of sustainability and responding to the climate emergency, the decontamination community will need to play its part in seeking new ways to respond while not compromising on the quality improvements we have seen over the past 20+ years.

In the UK these improvements were driven by the threat posed by BSE, variant CJD and our understanding of prion diseases.

Mike Simmons will introduce the day as chair of our first session with examples from the world of microbiology and infection prevention, where our experts illustrate how thinking outside the box brought them to novel solutions that challenge the dogma they faced.

This will allow delegates to consider their own practice and challenge them to consider questions and solutions that they might want to investigate in their sphere of work.

This event carries 7 CPD points for the day


9:00Registration and refreshments
10:00Welcome and introduction
Jimmy Walker, CSC Chair
Chair:Mike Simmons, “Thinking outside the box
10:05Not only the gut: Can we really use probiotics to ameliorate the hospital microbiota?
Elisabetta Caselli
10:35Aprons, aprons everywhere creating quite a stink – thinking outside the box for single use plastic PPE waste.
Mary O’Riordan
11:05Tea and Coffee
Chair:Graham Stanton
11:30Overview of prions disease and the implications for decontamination units
Neil Watson
12:00Interpreting and understanding CJD CSSD guidance on difficult to clean instruments
Jim Tinsdeall
Chair:Andrea Wadey
13:30Microbiological risks associated with laundry decontamination
Karren Staniforth
14:00Clarification of the standards and HTM guidance for laundry decontamination
Wayne Spencer
14:30Tea and Coffee
Chair:Pat Cattini
15:00Decontamination of Semi Critical Devices – Over estimation of risks are less bad than underestimation?
John Prendergast
15:30Integration of decontamination services in Liverpool
Robbie Cormie
16:00Final discussions and close

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Elisabetta CASELLI, Ph.D.
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Associate Professor and Chair of Microbiology and Clinical Microbiology, with Scientific Qualification as Full Professor, at the University of Ferrara, she is a member of the Doctorate Collegium of the PhD in Advanced therapies and experimental pharmacology, of the interdepartmental research center for Periodontal and peri-implant diseases, and scientific chief of the research center CIAS of the University of Ferrara.

She is associated editor of several international peer-reviewed journals with impact factor, including Frontiers in Cellular & Infection Microbiology, Frontiers in Oral Health, Infection and drug resistance, Pathogens, Microorganisms. Her research topics include human and animal microbiome, the pathogenesis of infectious disease and autoimmunity, and the control of healthcare-associated infections and antimicrobial resistance. She has authored over 150 publications on international journals.

Dr Mary O’Riordan
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Co-founder of HaPPE Earth. She has been 18 years in clinical medical practice, the last 8 of those involved with Public Health Medicine, specialising in Emergency Response for Highly Emerging, Infectious Threats. She has been the International Health Regulations (IHR) and ECDC Irish Focal Point representative for emerging infectious threats. She has in depth knowledge of inter-sectoral collaboration when dealing with complex, societal issues related to infectious diseases. She is highly interested in bringing practical solutions to the one health agenda working with Health, Environment and Agriculture for sustainability in healthcare. 

HaPPE Earth: HaPPE Earth champions sustainability and the circular economy by aiming to  bring together CE approved, compostable PPE products with an SDG impact measurement tool for healthcare and a medical waste industrial, composting solution.

Neil Watson

Neil is a neurology registrar interested in degenerative and infectious neurological disorders and cognitive neurology. He completed his doctoral thesis in 2023, undertaking an international validation study into the current diagnostic criteria for sporadic CJD. He worked in the UK National CJD Research & Surveillance Unit 2019-2021, assessing and managing patients with prion diseases in a centre of international expertise. 

Jim Tinsdeall

Jim contributes knowledge as a Head of Estates within the NHS for 20 years, and overall NHS experience of 30 years. Having recently completed the AED competency framework and consequently added to the AE(D) register. James is now running a limited company providing AE(D) services and consultancy to healthcare organisations in the UK and EU.

Karren Staniforth, Consultant Scientist, UKHSA

Karren is a Consultant Clinical Scientist who joined UKHSA as an Infection Prevention and Control Specialist Advisor, in 2021. Karren initially trained in diagnostic microbiology but in 2006 she transferred to the Infection Prevention and Control Team serving a large NHS teaching hospital. Here Karren specialised in the microbiological aspects of decontamination, ventilation and water safety including targeted microbiological sampling of the healthcare environment (air, water and surfaces).

Karren recently completed a 5-year term as Honorary Secretary for the Central Sterilising Club and delivers IPC training on decontamination and ventilation for various universities and the Healthcare Infection Society. She also has membership of two British Standards Institution Committees: CH216 Chemical Disinfectants and Antiseptics and CH198 Medical Devices Decontamination.

Wayne Spencer
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Wayne Spencer is an independent consultant on sterilisation and healthcare engineering.

Wayne worked at the UK’s Department of Health from 2000 to 2005 before leaving to form his own consultancy company.

He is a registered Authorising Engineer and advises hospitals and organisations on all aspects of decontamination and sterilisation of medical devices. Wayne is the convenor of two ISO and CEN Working Groups including TC 198 Working Group 12 (responsible for BS EN ISO 17664 for reprocessing instructions).

He is a past chairman of the Central Sterilising Club and an editor for Central Service Journal.

John Prendergast

The Senior Decontamination Engineer working within the specialist team at NHS Wales Shared Services Partnership/Specialist Estates Services. His role is dedicated to all aspects of decontamination/reprocessing techniques of medical devices. John is a member of a team that provides validation services, advice and guidance to Health Boards/Trusts within Wales and works closely with Welsh governmental departments to deliver policy and strategy in this unique and often complex field.

John has worked within the NHS in Wales for the past 35 years.

In 2012 John completed the ACIST course (qualifying course for Authorised Engineer – Decontamination) and was formally accepted onto the IHEEM register as an Authorised Engineer (Decontamination) late 2013.

He was a member of the CSC committee between 2011 and 2022.

He finds his work challenging in very difficult times, financial restrictions within the NHS, changing guidance and increasing accountability to Healthcare organisations provide the ultimate quandary.

Robbie Cormie
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Robbie Cormie, Trust Decontamination Lead, Liverpool University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust

Robbie is a military Operating Department Practitioner, who trained and served in the Royal Air Force from 1987 to 1996 and latterly Royal Air Force Reserve and NHS 1996 – 2017

During his military career from his training at RAF Halton, he served in Cold War West Germany and Cyprus, before being posted back to RAF Halton in 1994 as an Instructor.

On closure of the RAF Institute of Health and Medical Training and the RAF Hospital’s in 1996, he continued his military role in a reserve capacity with No. 612 Squadron, the RAF’s only Air Transportable Surgical Squadron and joined the NHS.

Robbie has operated in field surgical facilities in Bahrain, Iraq, Oman, as well as providing an airborne paramedical role to the critically wounded, flying in Chinooks as part of the Medical Emergency Response as well as operating in forward field surgical teams on the front line as part of operational deployments and is no stranger to hostile enemy action.

During the past 27 years with the NHS, he has undertaken the decontamination role with Papworth Hospital NHS Trust, Southport & Ormskirk NHS Trust, University Hospitals Coventry and Warwickshire and as of 2019 took up the Decontamination role here in Liverpool and is also an AP(D) with an eye on a future AE(D) role.

He has a passion for KAIZEN and human factors taking his lead from aviation safety to improve patients’ safety and care.

Robbie will be presenting on the current journey merging Trusts, redefining the scope of the decontamination lead role, opening new facilities, and bringing back in house outsourced service as well as his wider remit and work with the Cheshire and Mersey Collaboration at Scale Board.

When not working Robbie can be found seeking a much quieter life, up a mountain, in a whisky distillery or sailing his yacht with this 11-year-old daughter and staying as far away from politics as possible.