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Securing the future of decontamination science

With an ageing workforce, the decontamination sector urgently needs to develop the next generation of healthcare scientists, to ensure the sector continues to deliver high quality, safe services for patients.

Advances in surgery, including robotic and 3D printing of medical devices, will present new decontamination challenges, making education essential if we are to keep pace with evolving demands. Louise Frampton reports.

The Institute of Decontamination Sciences (IDSc) has warned that the health service needs to look at succession planning in the decontamination sector to ensure the sector can continue to meet the demands of the health service. Trusts are now being urged by the Institute to implement apprenticeships and take a more proactive role in promoting decontamination science as a career, to safeguard the future of decontamination services. 

“If we look at the IDSc membership, 25% are due to retire in the next 10 years. It is important that we bring on the next generation of decontamination professionals, and educate and train them to the highest standards. Attracting, developing and retaining staff will be crucial for a sustainable service that continues to ensure patient safety in the future,” commented Trevor Garcia. 

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