This one-day seminar, organised by RSPH in collaboration with Public Health England, covers topics which are still proving a challenge for estates managers, infection prevention and control teams, and microbiologists.

The conference will discuss ensuring water systems in capital projects and refurbishments are safe; endoscopy waters; and practical management of the implementation of the revised HTM 04-01.

Sessions on training will address the questions of who should be trained and what should training cover.

The day also includes updates by the speakers involved in the development of new guidance including hot and cold water systems; decontamination; endoscopy; hydrotherapy pools; birthing pools; other sources of contamination.

Chaired by Dr Susanne Lee, Director, Leegionella Ltd

There will be an RSPH Water Special Interest Group (SIG) meeting directly after the conference. Please note that this meeting is for Water SIG members only: if you are an RSPH member and are interested in joining the SIG and attending this meeting please contact Amy Ellis Thompson. Please send agenda items to Amy also.



Chaired by Dr Susanne Lee, Director, Leegionella Ltd

9.00 Registration

9.30 Welcome and Introduction Dr Susanne Lee, Director, Leegionella Ltd

9:35 If it’s a new build the water system must be safe! The pitfalls of poor design and commissioning Graham Thompson, Director, Oculus Consulting Ltd

10.05 Thinking out of the box: Other sources of waterborne infection Dr Sam Collins, Legionella Microbiologist, Public Health England

10.35 An overview of recent changes to decontamination guidance Dr Jimmy Walker, Water System Microbiology and Decontamination Expert, Public Health England

11.05 Refreshment break

11.30 Endoscopy: Is your washer disinfector safe to use? Tina Bradley, Laboratory Manager, HIRL

11:55 An update of the hydrotherapy pool guidelines Sarah Wratten, Clinical Specialist Aquatic Physiotherapy, UK Ministry of Defence

12.20 Keeping birthing pools safe Dr John Lee, Director, Leegionella Ltd

12:40 Discussion All speakers

13.00 Lunch

13:45 Keeping drink water quality safe within healthcare building water systems chemical and microbiological challenges Marcus Rink, DWI

14.15 What does training mean? Presentation and Panel Discussion George McCracken, Estates Senior Manager, Belfast Health and Social Care Trust

15:00 Refreshment break

15:30 Practical implementation of new guidance HTM 04-01 Dr Paul McDermott, PJM-HS Consulting Ltd

16.30 Panel Discussion - how easy is it? The good and the bad All speakers

17:00 Closing remarks

For the last discussion session participants are encouraged to send in their experiences of implementing the guideline to date – what is good and what is difficult.


Water Special Interest Group meeting

17.00 RSPH Water SIG Meeting

17:45 Refreshments and Networking 

18.15 End


Booking Information

Fees (no VAT payable)

  • RSPH members and Special Interest Group members £99 (Early bird £79)
  • Public sector and charities £139 (Early bird £99)
  • Private sector £179 (Early bird £149)

Book before Friday 10 February 2017 to receive early bird prices on all fees.

Download booking form here

Cancellation: Substitutions can be made at any time. If notification is received 8 weeks prior to the course, a full refund will be made minus an administration charge of £40. Cancellations received after this time will receive no refund. Please note that notification of cancellation must be made in writing. The organisers reserve the right to change the timings and/or identity of the speakers.