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Keynote speakers announced for AHCP 2012 National Conference
Details of the keynote speakers at the AHCP (Association of Healthcare Cleaning Professionals) 2012 annual national conference taking place in Telford on 11th -13th June have been announced this week..
Heading the line-up is Dame Claire Bertschinger, author of 'Moving Mountains' and the woman credited with inspiring 'Live Aid', the biggest disaster relief programme ever mounted, which raised more than £150m and saved an estimated 2m lives in Africa. Dame Claire has received a series of awards for her work including the Florence Nightingale Medal and the Women of the Year Award in 2005. She is a well known public speaker and will be addressing delegates about motivation and raising awareness of key issues in public health.
Joining her on the platform is an array of other top figures from the healthcare cleaning and hygiene field. These include leading HR consultant Karen Young who will be looking at some of the issues surrounding the critical area of staff recruitment and retention. Alongside Karen will be Head of Governance and Assurance at Rotherham NHS Foundation Trust, Lisa Reid who will be running an interactive session covering legislation and regulation.
In the ever popular innovation area, this year delegates will be given a glimpse into the latest thinking on 'Bed-Pods'. This new concept, currently under trial within the NHS, has gone back to the drawing board of what is needed to improve patient experience while delivering the ability to clean and sanitise an entire bed fixture and area.
Following its successful move to the Telford International Centre in 2011, record numbers of delegates and exhibitors are expected to attend what is the largest healthcare cleaning and hygiene event in the UK. Following feedback, this year even more time will be given for delegates to meet exhibitors in the significantly enlarged exhibition hall. The extremely popular Patrons' Panel, first introduced in 2011, will be back again this year, with a special focus on 'Four Nations' designed to highlight issues and successes across England, Ireland, Scotland and Wales.
With the coalition government and the CQC (Care Quality Commission) focussed as strongly as ever on the need to maintain the highest standards of cleanliness and hygiene in the UK's hospitals, clinics and care homes, this important top level event provides a vital opportunity to focus on professional healthcare cleaning.
The AHCP is the professional association for healthcare cleaning in the UK and Ireland. AHCP members are directly involved in managing and delivering cleaning and hygiene services in most NHS and independent hospitals. Members also hold key roles in many primary care and GP clinics and surgeries, nursing and care homes and other residential care settings provided by the public, charitable and independent sectors.
AHCP assists in the development of standards and protocols used by the NHS and the UK Department of Health with the goal of delivering cleaner, safer healthcare environments. Support provided to members includes a quarterly magazine, a website, an extensive programme of professional education, training and development, a detailed knowledge database and a free members helpdesk. The AHCP's annual national conference and exhibition is the UK's largest annual healthcare cleaning and hygiene event.
With over 750 individual members and 40 corporate sponsors, AHCP is the largest and most influential professional association for healthcare cleaning in the UK and Ireland. Membership is open to organisations and individuals with a professional interest in improving quality and standards in healthcare cleaning and hygiene.
29th March 2012