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Institute of Decontamination Sciences Annual Conference
27th - 29th November 2017

 

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Updated: 26th June 2017

Exhibition Enquiries

 

All enquiries regarding our exhibition or anyone wishing to exhibit at this years conference please contact Carla Teirney at:


Carla.Teirney@pat.nhs.uk

 

Updated: 1st March 2016

Latest News 2017

Institute of Decontamination Sciences Career pathway

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Updated: 21st September 2017

 

Important Final Update on the Healthcare Science Apprenticeship Programme

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Updated: 11th September 2017

 

Interactive guide to changes to the medical devices directive from MHRA

The interactive guide will help new and experienced manufacturers navigate their obligations under new EU regulations on medical devices.

 

https://www.gov.uk/government/news/introductory-guide-to-new-medical-device-regulations-launched

 

Updated: 31st August 2017

 

ACDP annex J updated

Minimise transmission risk of CJD and vCJD in healthcare settings

 

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/guidance-from-the-acdp-tse-risk-management-subgroup-formerly-tse-working-group

 

Updated: 23rd August 2017

 

Updated Master Indemnity Agreement

The Master Indemnity Agreement (MIA) register holds information on all approved suppliers to NHS organisations.

 

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/master-indemnity-agreement-mia

 

Updated: 23rd August 2017

 

DPECF - Chemistry Checklist

Selecting chemistry for use in decontamination of reusable invasive medical devices.

 

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Updated: 23rd August 2017

 

August 2017 Edition of the Journal - Available Now

This edition includes;

- Requirements for systems designed to store/store and dry thermolabile endoscopes

- Disinfection of surfaces and medical devices

- From the Archives: The Training of CSSD Managers

 

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Updated: 17th August 2017

 

Decontamination Professional Expert Communication Forum Minutes

from 11th July 2017

 

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Updated: 27th July 2017

 

May 2017 Edition of the Journal - Available Now

This edition includes;

- Review of CSC Autumn Study Day

- Chemically defined, clinically relevant test soils for
cleaning validation of reusable medical devices

- Are reusable valves clean?

 

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Updated: 10th May 2017

 

British Society of Gastroenterology - Guidance on Decontamination of Equipment for Gastrointestinal Endoscopy: 2017 Edition

http://www.bsg.org.uk/clinical-guidance/endoscopy/guidelines-for-decontamination-of-equipment-for-gastrointestinal-endoscopy.html

 

Updated: 10th May 2017

 

Upcoming Dates for Technical Certificate examinations

 

EXAMINATION DATES 2017 / 18

 

10th May 2017 - Locations to be confirmed

 

11th October 2017 - Locations to be confirmed

 

Wednesday May 9th 2018 - Locations to be confirmed

 

Wednesday October 10th 2018 - Locations to be confirmed

 

If you have students that are ready to undertake their examinations please contact louisew@fitwise.co.uk

 

Updated: 2nd May 2017

 

Notice of Apprenticeship Changes (Trailblazers)

Dear Trailblazers

As you will be aware, as part of our apprenticeships reforms, employers are being given more control over choosing and paying for apprenticeship training. Whilst only some employers will be required to contribute to the new apprenticeship levy, there will be changes to the funding of apprenticeship training for all employers. The system also needs to be easy for employers of all sizes to navigate, choose the apprenticeship training you want to purchase and negotiate on price. We are therefore simplifying some of the complex funding arrangements that currently exist.

To deliver these changes, we am pleased to confirm that we have today published:

· Proposals for apprenticeship funding in England from May 2017. This document sets out our initial proposals for how apprenticeship training would be funded once the levy comes into effect next year. This includes proposed funding bands for existing apprenticeship frameworks and standards that have been approved for delivery. The proposals are supported by a short survey (here) seeking feedback by 5 September.

· Proposals for a new Register of Apprenticeship Training Providers. This documents sets out proposals on who should be able to provide apprenticeship training in England. Again, we are inviting feedback by 5 September via a separate survey (https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/L8L67YP).

· Guidance for employers thinking about becoming apprenticeship training providers. This document will be of interest to employers who pay the levy, and may wish to act as their own training provider in the new system.

· Apprenticeship funding calculator. We have produced this tool to help employers understand what levy they will pay and how they could use the new digital service to plan and fund training.

· Updated guidance on the apprenticeship levy: how it will work. We have also updated the existing, very popular online guidance, which gives employers a clear explanation of how they will pay the levy, manage and use their funds in the new system.

In addition to seeking feedback on these proposals, we will use the next few weeks to test them further, including how they support the Government’s emerging industrial strategy and how they ensure that individuals from all backgrounds and parts of the country have the opportunity to get on in life. We aim to publish final policy details in October.

Needless to say, we are keen to receive feedback on the proposals from Trailblazers and/or individual Trailblazer members via the above surveys.

Kind regards,
Standards Development Team, DfE Apprenticeships Directorate

 

Updated: 19th August 2016

MHRA and making a success of Brexit

Following the outcome of the EU referendum, the Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) is working closely with the Government to analyse the best options and opportunities available for the safe and effective regulation of medicines and medical devices in the UK.

 

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Updated: 12th August 2016

IMPORTANT!

Decontamination of surgical instruments (HTM 01-01)

New guidance issued- updated 8th july 2016

 

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Updated: 12th July 2016

Management and decontamination of flexible endoscopes (HTM 01-06)

New guidance issued.

 

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Updated: 1st July 2016

CJD death toll 'could hit 150,000'

Lamb could pose a greater threat to human health than BSE-infected beef, scientists warn today.

 

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Updated: 22nd June 2016

Medical devices: deal reached on new EU rules

On 25 May 2016, the EU agreed new rules on medical devices and in vitro diagnostic medical devices. 

 

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Updated: 22nd June 2016

1511-02: Novapharm: Gettinge Prion Detergent

Evaluated by the Rapid Review Panel

 

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Updated: 27th May 2016

National Safety Standards for Invasive Procedures (NatSSIPs)

Introducing the new National Safety Standards for Invasive Procedures (NatSSIPs)

 

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Updated: 24th December 2015

Water systems for healthcare premises (HTM 04-01)

Health technical memorandum 04-01: the design, installation and testing of water supply, storage and distribution in healthcare premises.

 

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Updated: 7th August 2015

Prevention and control of infections: code of practice

This is the latest update.

 

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Updated: 7th August 2015

The Health and Social Care Act 2008: code of practice on the prevention and control of infections and related guidance

Code of practice on the prevention and control of infections, and related guidance: replaces the edition published in 2010. This is the latest update.

 

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Updated: 7th August 2015

NHS Pay Review Body

Enabling the delivery of healthcare services every day of the week – the implications for Agenda for Change

 

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Updated: 21st July 2015

Do you know the new recognition and requirements for education, training and job descriptions for your CSSD staff?

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Updated: 14th July 2015

Guidance - Minimise transmission risk of CJD and vCJD in healthcare settings

Prevention of CJD and vCJD by Advisory Committee on Dangerous Pathogens' Transmissible Spongiform Encephalopathy (ACDP TSE) Subgroup.

 

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Updated: 2nd June 2015

Case study on the orientation of phaco hand
pieces during steam sterilization processes

 

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Updated: 2nd June 2015

Managing Medical Devices

Guidance for healthcare and social services organisations

 

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Updated: 28th May 2015

ACDP Updates

Please view the updated information below:

 

Annex_C_v3.0.pdf

 

Annex_F_v3.0.pdf

 

Infection_controlv3.0.pdf

 

Updated: 28th May 2015

MRRS 4101: Synoptics – ProReveal

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Updated: 12th March 2015

Rapid Review Panel: recommendation listing

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Updated: 12th March 2015

Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease (CJD) biannual update (August 2014), with updated guidance on decontamination of gastrointestinal endoscopy equipment

 

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Updated: 16th February 2015

Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease (CJD) biannual update, (Feb 2014)

with briefing on novel human prion disease

 

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Updated: 16th February 2015

Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease (CJD) biannual update (February 2015)

 

This six-monthly report provides an update on the enhanced surveillance of potential iatrogenic (healthcare-acquired) exposures to Creutzfeldt-Jakob Disease (CJD). The data is correct as at 31st December 2014. For numbers of CJD case reports, readers should consult data provided by the National CJD Research and Surveillance Unit (NCJDRSU, http://www.cjd.ed.ac.uk/data.html).

 

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Updated: 16th February 2015

UNISON HEALTHCARE - BRANCH UPDATE

 

UNISON, NHS Employers and the Institute of Decontamination Sciences have been working collaboratively to raise national standards and training for staff working in Sterile Services roles.

 

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Updated: 5th February 2015

Conformity assessment and the CE mark

 

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Updated: 19th January 2015

Design strategy for low-energy ventilation and cooling of hospitals

 

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Updated: 8th January 2015

WHTM 01-06
Welsh Health Technical Memorandum
Decontamination of flexible endoscopes
Part D: Testing methods

 

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Updated: 5th January 2015