IPS - Environment, Cleaning and Decontamination



Infection Prevention Society 

Environment, Cleaning and Decontamination Programme


150 IPS members gathered in Northampton on 23rd November 2021 for the inaugural conference of this new IPS educational ‘pillar’. This was a free-to-attend event chaired by Lisa Butcher, Vice President of the IPS.

The event had six themes - water, ventilation, decontamination, environmental cleaning, hand hygiene and a panel discussion.  Speakers had been asked to provide content that was both scientifically of interest and also material that delegates could take back and deploy/implement at their place of work.

We were delighted to have been able to attract some of the finest speakers available including: 

  • Lisa Butcher - IPS Vice President
  • Peter Hoffman Consultant Clinical Scientist
  • Martin Kiernan - Clinical Fellow Richard Wells Research Centre
  • Jon Otter - Director of Infection Prevention & Control, Guy's and St Thomas'
  • Daniel Pitcher - Founder, The Water Hygiene Centre
  • Karren Staniforth - Clinical Scientist Nottingham University Hospitals NHS Trust 

Going forward the objective for the programme is to build on this first foundation and next year bring forward bite-size educational opportunities based on the conference themes leading once again to a further large conference style event in the autumn.  Planning for next year will commence shortly and updates will be posted here and also on the IPS Twitter Feed.


ECD Commercial Partners - Our thanks go to Sodexo and Tork/Essity for supporting this project