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ECD conference: Sodexo and Essity partner with the IPS

Published 18th March, 2024 by Neil Nixon

ECD conference: Sodexo and Essity partner with the IPS

Shaping the Future of the Built Environment is the headline at the forthcoming Infection Prevention Society Environment Cleaning and Decontamination Conference (IPS ECD), taking place in Northampton on 20 March.

Consultant Medical Microbiologist Michael Weinbren, healthcare estates management expert Andrew Poplett and State Registered Public Health Microbiologist Dr Susanne Surman-Lee will share perspectives.

Sodexo Health & Care and Essity’s global leading professional hygiene brand Tork have partnered for the third time with the Infection Prevention Society (IPS) to build on the success of the last two conferences.

“Our working party holds a wide depth of knowledge and experience and brings fresh ideas to the mix,” said IPS President and ECD Lead, Lisa Butcher.

The aim of IPS ECD is to promote best practices in the environment, cleaning and decontamination in hospital and community environments with a view to preventing healthcare-associated infections. Free to attend, it is open to all healthcare practitioners and educational resources will be made available throughout the year to support ongoing learning and development.

“At IPS we recognise that we need to support our IPC practitioners to have the fundamental knowledge of maintaining a safe environment for patients, visitors or staff regardless of the healthcare setting in which they work,” said Lisa Butcher. “The availability of knowledge sharing and learning in such areas as ventilation, safe water management and decontamination is limited. Masters in IPC don’t have time in the curriculum to look at topics like this and IPC specialists have to learn ‘on the job’.”

Essity Professional Hygiene Healthcare Marketing Director, Thomas Bergin, said: "Tork is proud to continue its important partnership with IPS and Sodexo. As part of the global hygiene and health company Essity we are dedicated to creating safe care environments and ultimately to help prevent HAIs. This partnership provides us with the opportunity to work with the infection prevention community by creating a collaborative platform to support effective surface cleaning and hand hygiene.”

Simon Lilley, Marketing Director, Sodexo Health & Care, said: “Reducing and preventing the effects of infectious diseases is vital to ensure safety and improve outcomes. Partnering with Essity to deliver this event, supports our aim to create better patient and staff experiences, improve clinical outcomes and ultimately improve patient flow by reducing delayed discharges."

More information on this year’s event is available at

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