Incorporating sustainability into healthcare buildings, and ways to demonstrate ‘practical sustainability’ in the decontamination of reusable surgical instruments, will be very much on the agenda at the Central Sterilising Club’s Autumn Study Day on 10 October at Manchester Central.
The CSC said: “Sustainability is a topical theme for the future across all industries as a result of the pledges made at the COP26 Climate Summit in Glasgow. Notably, the NHS Net Zero programme aims to bring about the world’s first Net Nero NHS. Consequently the NHS has set major emission reduction targets, and all healthcare disciplines are expected to play a role in tackling the NHS Carbon Footprint. The current disposal of items across our industries is not sustainable, and we need to change our practices to ensure that ‘reuse’ and ‘reduce’ are the principal drivers. There are many challenges with delivering sustainability in decontamination in healthcare and dental – from disposal of single use PPE, to the efficacy of decontamination and reusable surgical instruments. Sustainability thus needs to be considered as a key aspect in all our clinical and decontamination units.”
A range of themes are planned for discussion at the Autumn Study day, including:
- Sustainable healthcare in the Newcastle NHS -- James Dixon.
- Implementing sustainability in a working decontamination unit – Sharon Fox.
- What role can sustainability play in endoscopy? – Bu Hayee.
- Sustainability of single use vs reusable endoscopy accessories – Josh Blake.
- Sustainability implementation at Frimley Health NHS Foundation Trust and system-wide opportunities – Richard Hilson.
- Improving the sustainability of reprocessing reusable surgical instruments – Chantelle Rizan.
- Innovation and sustainability in PPE decontamination – Paul Chivers.
- Reducing the NHS reliance on single use facemasks – Alexis Percival.
The CSC added: “This event is perfect for all those with an interest in sustainability in decontamination and infection prevention – including decontamination technicians, decontamination managers, infection prevention practitioners, engineers, and providers of healthcare services, products, and equipment. This event not only presents the chance to learn, but also the opportunity to network with multidisciplinary decontamination practitioners from across the UK.”