Risk management in IPC: Assessing and addressing the routine and the rare

24-25 June 2024

The programme for the HIS Annual Conference 2024 incorporates the popular HIS Spring Meeting and the Don't Panic! conferences. Topics and timings are subject to change.

Day 1 - Monday 24 June: Risk management in IPC
09:00 - 09:45 Registration and refreshments  
09:45 - 09:50 Welcome and introduction  
  Session | Environmental risk  
09:50 - 10:20 Derogation management: Considerations and consequences Andrew Poplett, Healthcare Estates Consultant
10:20 - 10:40 Practical assessment of environmental risk Elaine Cloutman Green, Consultant Clinical Scientist in IPC, Great Ormond Street Hospital
10:40 - 11:00 How does understanding biofilm change our perception of environmental risk? Jean-Yves Maillard, Professor of Pharmaceutical Microbiology, Cardiff University
11:00 - 11:20 Joint Q&A panel  
11:20 - 11:50 Break and exhibition  
  Session | Screening and surveillance  
11:50 - 12:10 Advances in healthcare infection surveillance Theresa Lamagni, Healthcare-Associated Infection & Antimicrobial Resistance, UK Health Security Agency
12:10 - 12:30 How can wastewater surveillance contribute to IPC and AMS Andrew Weightman, Professor of Microbiology, School of Biosciences, Cardiff University
12:30 - 12:50 Hospital admission screening Susan Hopkins, Chief Medical Advisor, UK Health Security Agency and Professor of Infectious Diseases and Health Security, University College London
12:50 - 13:10 Joint Q&A panel  
13:10 - 14:25 Lunch break and exhibition  
  Session | Managing risks from air and water  
14:25 - 14:45 Management of mould following flooding in healthcare environment Manjula Meda, Consultant clinical microbiologist and infection control doctor, Frimley Park Hospital 
14:45 - 15:05 Managing infection risk from water in ICUs Michael Weinbren, Consultant Microbiologist and Infection Control Doctor, Sherwood Forest NHS Trust
15:05 - 15:25 Factors to consider when your ventilation is risky Malcolm Thomas, Consulting Engineer specialising in healthcare ventilation
15:25 - 15:45 Joint Q&A panel  
15:45 - 16:15 Break and exhibition  
  Session | Risk from healthcare surfaces  
16:15 - 17:00 Debate: Universal vs targeted CPE screening methods for patients

For: Manjula Meda, Consultant clinical microbiologist and infection control doctor, Frimley Park Hospital

Against: Jon Otter, Clinical Scientist and DIPC, Guy's and St Thomas' NHS Foundation Trust

17:00 Reminder of registration time tomorrow  
17:00 - 19:00 Social event  


Day 2 - Tuesday 25 June: Don't Panic!
09:00 - 09:25 Registration and refreshments  
09:25 - 09:30 Welcome and introduction  
  Session | Special populations  
09:30 - 09:50 Building considerations for the paediatric environment Donald Inverarity, Consultant in IPC, Royal Infirmary of Edinburgh
09:50 - 10:10 Measuring infection in care homes Maria Krutikov, Infectious Diseases and Microbiology SpR, Royal County Sussex Hospital
10:10 - 10:30 IPC considerations for burns patients Pauline Jumaa, Consultant Microbiologist, Queen Elizabeth Hospital Birmingham, University Hospitals Birmingham NHS Foundation Trust
10:30 - 10:50 Joint Q&A panel  
10:50 - 11:20 Break and exhibition  
  Session | Practical aspects of sampling: When and how to sample, and what to look for  
11:20 - 11:40 Fabric and hard surfaces Shanom Ali, Environmental Research Laboratory lead and associate professor/lecturer, UCLH
11:40 - 12:00 Air David Enoch, Infection Control Doctor, Cambridge University Hospitals
12:00 - 12:20 Water Sandra Lai, UK Health Security Agency
12:20 - 12:40 Joint Q&A panel  
12:40 - 14:00 Lunch break and exhibition  
14:00 - 14:30 Abstract oral presentations  
  What is the impact of automated high level disinfection on microbial colonization on ultrasound and endocavity probes? Ursula Morby, University Hospital Limerick, Ireland
  Is hydrogen peroxide vapour room decontamination compatible with molecular pathogen detection from the built environment? Sam Watkin, University College London
  Session | Preparedness  
14:30 - 15:00 Is simulation the best way to ensure preparedness for healthcare workers?

Brendan Lawlor, Chief Emergency Management Officer, Health Service Executive, Ireland, and Jincy Jerry, Assistant Director of Nursing in Infection Prevention and Control, Mater Misericordiae University Hospital, Dublin, Ireland

15:00 - 15:15 Joint Q&A panel  
15:15 - 15:45 Break and exhibition  
  Session | Sustainability  
15:45 - 16:45

Debate | Environmental sustainability in IPC should be led from a top-down approach

For: Luke Hunt, Sheffield Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust and Janice Byrne, Sheffield Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust

Against: Graham Pike, Great Western Hospital 

16:45 Closing remarks  
16:50 End of conference