Theatres and Decontamination Virtual Conference 2021

Date and Time
Thursday 25th March 2021
09:05 – 16:00
This conference will provide delegates with the opportunity to hear from key speakers on a variety of subjects affecting theatres and decontamination science personnel. The programme will inform and educate delegates on subjects that affect their everyday life all of which will help contribute to the safety and care of our patients.


Why Attend?

This annual one-day  conference  provides new insights into issues that are being talked about in real-time, today. The conference agenda has been developed by Theatre Managers and Decontamination Leads. There will be plenty of virtual networking opportunities throughout the day with the chance to meet with NPAG Theatres and Decontamination members who have achieved success and savings through productive benchmarking. In 2020, delegate feedback was extremely positive with 100% of respondents recording they would recommend this conference to a colleague.


Who Should Attend?

This conference is open to all NHS and non-NHS, Theatres, Surgical and Decontamination Managers/ Leads.


Message from Trevor Garcia, Conference Chair and NPAG Decontamination Facilitator 

“This conference will give you the opportunity to hear updates in decontamination science and from our colleagues from theatre, with some sessions providing an insight into how the same situation affects us differently.”


The NPAG Virtual Conference Guarantee

This is the safest way for us to deliver this important conference to you and what better way than virtually to actively work towards reducing our carbon footprint. The experience we will be offering will provide you with ample networking time with peers, presenters and exhibitors. Presentations will offer plenty of opportunity for Q&A and engagement can still take place once the conference is over. The programme has been managed to ensure sufficient break times which you can use to step away from your screen or schedule meetings with fellow attendees. All attendees will receive a CPD certificate.


Delegate Feedback

“Really informative conference with some common themes around benchmarking and quality improvements. Mark Campbell’s presentation at the cutting edge of Sterilisation was fascinating.” “Thank you very much for organising another fantastic NPAG conference, we really enjoyed it and I took away loads of useful information.”

Book Your Place

We are offering an Early Bird Rate for all NHS bookings received by the 31st December 2020. Download the Information Flyer. Confirm your attendance by completing the Registration Form.  Reserve your attendance via the reservations team:

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Sponsorship packages will be available shortly. The conference agenda has been structured with plenty of networking time to meet with key suppliers in the fields of theatres and decontamination.      


The conference agenda has been supported by members from both the NPAG Decontamination and Operating Theatres Best Value Groups. Feedback from the previous conference and experiences over the past year have helped form this agenda. Presentations include:

Mark Campbell, Decontamination Service Manager, Cardiff & Vale Health Board will deliver Year 3 of protein residue removal study – University Hospital of Wales.  

Helen Campbell, IDSc Director of Education, & Consultant, Decontamination Education & Consulting will be presenting Career Pathway for Decontamination.  

Mark Rigby, Chair of the NPAG Operating Theatres BVG and Head of Theatre Services, Warrington & Halton Teaching Hospitals NHS FT will be discussing the impacts of Covid-19, experiences and learning points.  

Ajay Sooknah, Head of Operations SHCG, The Princess Alexandra Hospital NHS Trust will speak on Procurement CIPs in Theatres / New Hospital Project / Theatres Utilisation and Efficiency.  

Daniel Coole, Surgical Holdings will present on Single Use or Reusable Devices – Challenging Device for Decontamination.  

Angela Kelly, University Hospitals of Plymouth NHS Trust will present Working as a team—The of the Role Surgical Instrument Manager.  

Sheila Fisher, Impact Training, will present on Staff Health and Wellbeing.