Cleaning up decontamination

DSC_0110Dentistry’s Seb Evans went along to the launch of Dentisan’s new centre for decontamination education to see what is on offer.

Decontamination is an integral part of every dental practice. An individual with experience and training is required to take responsibility for infection control and decontamination in the dental practice, as stated by HTM 01-05 guidance.

With the constantly changing and improving guidance for decontamination and infection control, it is easy for people to become overwhelmed and left behind. In a recent Dentisan Survey (carried out in 2014), 92% of dental professionals were interested in specialist training for their practice’s decontamination lead.

Reacting to this Dentisan has launched a City & Guilds accredited one-day course covering all aspects of decontamination. The course will offer five and a half hours of verifiable CPD, which is just over the number of hours of recommended CPD for disinfection and decontamination. The courses will take place in a new purpose-built training facility located at the Dentisan headquarters in Derby.

Hands-on learning

IMG_4113Attending the opening, Fiona Ellwood, president of The British Association of Dental Nurses (BADN), thanked Dentisan from the dental profession. While cutting the ribbon to officially open the new training facility, she explained that: ‘This course is raising standards for infection control and decontamination across the dental industry.’

The new facilities were built to provide delegates with a more hands-on learning experience to decontamination. The facilities include a classroom that can hold up to 12 delegates to learn the theory side. Next to the classroom is a fully equipped dental surgery and decontamination room. Here, practical sessions will take place including topics on surface decontamination, testing and validation of autoclaves and washer disinfectors, as well as decontamination protocols for dental unit water lines.

Fiona went on to say: ‘The quality of CPD is very important’ and explained that, not only does the City & Guilds accreditation mean the course attains a certain value for delegates, but even those who are not registered with the GDC and don’t require any CPD can benefit from the course and gain a City & Guilds certificate.

An extensive range of infection control materials

The decontamination course can host between eight and 12 people. It will offer an easy, hands-on way of learning about decontamination and infection control procedures. The course costs £276 including VAT for each delegate and will start on 6 November running monthly on the first Thursday of every month.

Dentisan already offers a number of ways for dental professionals to learn about decontamination and infection control and gain CPD. A full programme of evening events organised in association with Henry Schein Dental and online CPD articles, available for free at, are now supplemented by this new one-day course, providing one of the most extensive range of infection control education materials available in the UK.

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