The decontamination labs feature a range of decontamination and infection control equipment.
This is a work-based learning programme
All AE(D)s wishing to register with IHEEM are being assessed under a competency framework developed and agreed with IHEEM and managed by Eastwood Park Training.
This is a unique programme with IHEEM that involves a rigorous assessment of competencies and skills. Here are the steps in the process:
Step 1 Initial assessment
There will be a full assessment interview to discuss the process in some detail, review your existing competencies and knowledge. This will involve an experienced decontamination Authorising Engineer (Decontamination) and Eastwood Park’s Learning & Development Manager.
You will be taken through the six assessment modules:
1 Management Skills
2 Equipment processes *
3 Roles and responsibilities and legal aspects
4 Decontamination and microbiology fundamentals
5 Standards and guidance
6 Validation, calibration, periodic testing and maintenance
* This includes: sterilisation, washer disinfectors, water standards, environmental controls, purchasing & specifications and packaging methods
Step 2 Individual development plan
At a meeting Eastwood Park will work with you to identify your existing knowledge in the context of the above modules and where there might be gaps or training and development requirements.
This will be supported by a detailed personal development plan and the next steps to achieving your AE(D) registration.
This might well include additional training, some of which may be met by Eastwood Park and would be part of the programme fee. Other needs may be fulfilled by other sources. However we cannot identify these until after your initial assessment interview.
Step 3 Building your evidence portfolio
A significant part of the programme is building sufficient evidence to demonstrate competency in all of the above modules. You will be supported throughout this period by your own personal assessor and you will have access to your own e-portfolio system to help make it as straight forward as possible. We will demonstrate the system at the very start of the process.
Step 4 Final assessment
Once any additional training or development has been completed and evidence gathered (there is a two year time period limit for this), following a last quality assessment review meeting, the final part of the journey is a formal interview with the IHEEM panel, who in turn will review the evidence presented to them and make the final decision on appointment.
Step 5 Authorising Engineer (decontamination)
This process will lead to you achieving your goal of being a highly valued member of the IHEEM register of Authorising Engineers (decontamination).
NB: This programme could take up to 2 years to complete, subject to experience and evidence available.
For further information download the programme handout or contact Sales on +44(0)1454 262777
Eastwood Park, Falfield, was formerly the NHS national training centre for healthcare engineering and now, as an independent company, we are the leading provider of technical healthcare engineering training in the UK.
This course has City & Guilds accredited programme status.
Following a review of the new government guidance we want to reassure you that the essential training booked at Eastwood Park for the coming weeks is going ahead as planned.
We are operating a COVID-secure environment and will be seeking the co-operation of everyone attending to strictly adhere to these arrangements throughout their stay and we will continue to carefully monitor the situation.
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How long will you hold provisional bookings for?
Provisional bookings will be held for one week (7 days) from the date of booking.
As we are facing a high demand for course places, we kindly ask you to confirm your place as soon as possible.
If you do not confirm this booking within this period, unfortunately we cannot hold the place for you and the provisional booking request will be removed from the system.
What are your terms & conditions?
You can view and download our booking terms and conditions here.
What kind of decontamination training does Eastwood Park offer?
Eastwood Park offers decontamination courses that fit into 3 main categories – for operators, management courses and engineering validation and testing.
What course should I take if I’m new to decontamination?
Our Introduction to Decontamination (IDO) course is ideal for anyone who has a need to know about decontamination but who is not familiar with it, providing you with a broad, high-level understanding of the purpose and constraints on decontamination practices and in particular the role of the sterile services department (SSD) in the broader healthcare setting.
How do I find out your course availability?
To book one of our courses, call our sales team on +44 (0)1454 262777. Alternatively fill out the enquiry form on our website, after which we will contact you as soon as possible.