Environment Network 2021: Designing and building for infection prevention

Do you want to know more about what to do with your water screening and air sampling results? 

Are you keen to understand the evidence behind equipment cleaning and the role of the environment in healthcare associated infection?


Then welcome to the Environment Network!  

This is a network for people in clinical/scientific roles within the NHS and other associated organisations who are interested in the role of environmental infection prevention and control in preventing infection.  


The aim of the network is to support infection prevention and control professionals involved in commissioning, environmental audit, water, air and surface testing within their Trusts.  By working together we can share best practice between Trusts; as well as circulating the latest evidence and discussing personal experiences.

The 2021 (delayed 2020) meeting will focus on bringing together members from industry, clinical, scientific, engineering and built environment backgrounds to discuss how we build and design to control transmission of infection.

The morning will consist of lectures from experts and those who have recently been involved in opening new builds, the afternoon will consist of case studies where participants can share learning.

09:30–10:00: Coffee and registration

10:00–10:15: Welcome and introduction to the network

(Dr Elaine Cloutman-Green, Great Ormond Street Hospital)

10:15–10:30: Infection prevention and the built environment: The Good, The Bad and the Time Consuming(Dr John Hartley, Great Ormond Street Hospital)

10:30–11:00: Building a new hospital: Complications and lessons learnt

(Dr Christine Peters and Dr Teresa Inkster, Queen Elizabeth University Hospital)

11:00–11:30: What to do with your environment when re-design is not an option

(Martin Kiernan)

11:30–12:00: Coffee

12:00–12:30: Staph capitis, the new kid on the environmental block?

(Derren Ready, Public Health England)

12:30–13:00: How do risk assessment and governance support new build safety?

(Elise Maynard, Elise Maynard Associates)

13:00–13:20: What role does education play in supporting infection prevention and control teams in managing the built environment?

(Dr Lena Ciric, University College London)

13:20-14:20: Lunch and networking session

14:20–14:50: Case study 1

14:55–15:25: Case study 2

15:25–15:50: Coffee

15:50–16:20: Case study 3

16:20–16:30: Environment Network moving forward


Places can be transferred until Wednesday 29th September, refunds will not be possible.  All registrations from 2020 have been rolled to 2021, if needed registrations will be rolled to 2022.