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Washer disinfectors – periodic testing (to NHS guidance)


Course Details

Course code
5 days
City & Guilds Assured
Training method

To provide delegates with the necessary skills and procedural practices to apply the requirements of BS EN 15883 parts 1 & 2 and NHS guidance.

Who is the course for

This course is aimed at National Health Service staff or contractors required to carry out periodic testing of surgical instrument washer-disinfectors employing thermal disinfection as defined in NHS guidance (HTM, SHTM, WHTM).

Aims & objectives

To provide delegates with the necessary skills and procedural practices to apply the requirements of BS EN 15883 parts 1 & 2 and NHS guidance.


– Explain the principles of decontamination in healthcare sterile services

– Identify relevant technical standards and NHS guidance publications

– Explain roles and responsibilities of key personnel involved with washer-disinfectors

– Explain general operating requirements for various types of washer-disinfector

– Calibrate and use thermometric measuring and recording equipment

– Undertake and evaluate water hardness and conductivity tests

With specific reference to washer disinfectors employing thermal disinfection:

– Undertake and evaluate reference load thermometric tests

– Verify calibration of installed temperature instrumentation

– Undertake and evaluate cleaning efficacy tests (residual & applied soil)

– Carry out automatic control tests

– Complete a quarterly periodic test and report to NHS Guidance requirements

– Identify additional BS EN 15883 quarterly tests

– Reference and describe periodic testing procedures up to annual level

Prerequisite to attending the course

A basic working knowledge of mechanical and electrical engineering principles.

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Course FAQs

Eastwood Park offers decontamination courses that fit into 3 main categories – for operators, management courses and engineering validation and testing.

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.

Your joining instructions will state whether you need to bring anything with you to your course.

To book one of our courses follow the ‘book now’ link above or call our sales team on  +44 (0)1454 262777.

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