A breath of fresh air – futureproofing healthcare ventilation

20 May 2022

Programme times are subject to change


Registration and coffee





09:00 - 09:20

40 years (and a few more) of understanding respiratory emissions – what have we learnt and what are the implications for IPC?  [this is a live broadcast of the recorded presentation from the 40th anniversary event on 19 May 2022]

Cath Noakes, Professor of Environmental Engineering for Buildings, University of Leeds

09:25 - 09:50

Ventilation in healthcare – current principles and why it matters - abstract

Hilary Humphreys, Emeritus Professor of Clinical Microbiology, the Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland

09:50 - 10:15

Ventilation – what can go wrong? - abstract

Christine Peters, Consultant Microbiologist, NHS Greater Glasgow, Scotland

10:15 - 10:30



10:30 - 10:50

Coffee and tea



Clinical aspects of ventilation in the healthcare environment


10:50 - 11:10

The removal of airborne SARS-CoV-2 by air filtration and implementing air filtration - abstract

Andrew Conway-Morris, MRC Clinician Scientist and ICU consultant, University of Cambridge/Addenbrooke's Hospital and David Enoch, UK Health Security Agency Addenbrookes Hospital, Cambridge

11:10 - 11:25

Improving dental ventilation in response to COVID - abstract

Chris Lynch, Consultant Microbiologist, Sheffield Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust

11:25 - 11:35

Comparative evaluation of stand-alone HEPA-based air decontamination systems - abstract

Jon Otter, Director of Infection Prevention and Control, Guy’s and St. Thomas NHS Foundation Trust

11:35 - 11:45

Q&A Andrew Conway-Morris, David Enoch, Chris Lynch, Jon Otter


11:45 - 12:00

AIR SAFETY: Creating and deploying Artificial Intelligence driven preventions of aerosol borne Respiratory diseases (AIR) for staff and patient SAFETY - abstract

Ruth Epstein, Royal National ENT and Eastman Dental Hospitals, UCL Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust

12:00 - 12:20

Modelling the dispersion of airborne pathogens in COVID-19 patients’ ICU rooms through simulation - abstract

Cyril Crawford, Dassault Systèmes

12:20 - 12:30

Q&A Cyril Crawford and Ruth Epstein


12:30 - 13:15

Lunch and exhibition



Engineering aspects of ventilation and design


13:15 - 13:40

The Ventilation Safety Group - roles and responsibilities - abstract

Andrew Poplett, Independent Authorising Engineer for Healthcare Ventilation and Water Systems

13:40 - 14:05

Designing and building a High Level Isolation Unit: What have we learned? - abstract

Jincy Jerry, Assistant Director of Nursing in Infection Prevention and Control, Mater Misericordiae University Hospital

14:05 - 14:15



14:15 - 14:30

Coffee and tea


14:30 - 14:55

Safety and environmental requirements for endoscope decontamination facilities - abstract

John Prendergast, Authorised Engineer (Decontamination), representing the Central Sterilizing Club

14:55 - 15:05



15:05 - 15:30

Designing ventilation for new hospitals - abstract

Simon Witts, National Division Director,  Engineering, VA Sciences 

15:30 - 15:40