Environment Network 2022: The Role of Surfaces and Surface Decontamination in Managing HCAI

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 2022 meeting will focus on bringing together members from industry, clinical, scientific, engineering and built environment backgrounds to discuss what is the role of surfaces in transmission and how do we manage surfaces through decontamination.

The morning will consist of lectures from experts and the afternoon will consist of case studies where participants can share learning.

Agenda for the day:

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)

10:15–11:00:  Options for surface decontamination

(Professor Jean-Yves Maillard, Cardiff University)

11:00–11:30: Novel decontamination techniques, what is their role in healthcare?

(Karren Staniforth, UKHSA)

11:30–12:00:  Coffee

12:00–12:20:  Monitoring microbial surface loads, how is it done, what do we find?

(Sam Watkins and Helen Rickard, University College London)

12:20–12:40:  Modelling the impact of surface decontamination

(Dr Marco-Felipe King, University of Leeds)

12:40–13:00:  Do all surface loads matter? What are the differences between healthcare and the community?

(Dr Lena Ciric, University College London)

13:00-14:00:   Lunch and networking session

14:00–14:35:  Case study 1

14:35–15:10:  Case study 2

15:10–15:40:  Coffee

15:40–16:15:  Case study 3

16:15–16:30:  Environment Network moving forward


Places can be transferred until Monday 29th August, refunds will not be possible.