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SWWWSH Forum - South West and Wales Water Safety in Healthcare

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The St David's Hotel

Havannah Street


CF10 5SD

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Aims of SWWWSH Forum (South West and Wales Water Safety in Healthcare)

The SWWWSH Forum is aimed at multi-disciplined professionals from Estates and Facilities, Health and Safety Teams, Infection Prevention and Control as well as Project Teams all of whom are collectively interested in improving their practice around water hygiene in healthcare facilities. The aim is to share knowledge and information to enhance the understanding and ability of members with the ultimate aim that every Trust/Board improves their water safety and reduce risk and infection within their organisation. We will be non-judgmental and have no political or commercial ambitions to promote.

This inaugural meeting is hoped to be the start of a truly valuable forum for years to come and I encourage you attend and support where you can.

Who's it for?

Anyone involved in a healthcare water safety team or a water safety group or simply someone that has a vested interest in ensuring control measures don't fail and will stand up to scrutiny. The forums intention is to ensure best practice can be shared on the day and attendees can improve outcomes for their individual trust/board.

It is open to any healthcare direct employees (NHS or PFI) and invited speaker’s only, encouraging open debate, with an aim of improving practice through honest sharing of experience, success and failures alike.

Format and Agenda

The forum will be preceded by presentations from expert speakers and sponsors to aid learning, before closing doors to sponsors and continuing with the forum for members of the group to raise scenario based discussions or topics of interest.

The day will finish with a drinks reception to provide a further networking opportunity for all attendees.

The intention is to maintain interest and have the next meeting scheduled for Febuary 2018.

Look forward to seeing you,

Owen Margetts, Royal United Hospitals Bath NHS Foundation Trust


09.00 - 9.30 Registration and Reception - Tea/Coffee & Pastries

9.30 - 10.00 Introduction to the Aims of the SWWWSH Forum - Owen Margetts Senior Estates Officer Royal United Hospital Bath

10.00 - 10.30 Managing Risk on a Healthcare Estate - George McCracken Head of Estates, Risk and Environment Belfast Health and Social Care Trust

10.30 - 11.00 Building a Successful Water Safety Forum - Ian Kershaw, Legionella Team Leader; Building, Design & Construction , Hartlepool Borough Council

11.00 – 11.15 Tea/Coffee Break

11.15 – 11.45 Waterborne pathogens in the healthcare setting- where is the risk? - Mike Weinbren, Director of Infection Prevention & Control, Consultant Microbiologist UHCW NHS Trust

11.45 - 12.15 What the Lawyers Say - Debbie Rookes Senior Associate (Medical law team), Bevan Brittan

12.15 - 12.30 Q & A Session (chaired by John Sandford MSc Dip Nebosh of SMS Environmental Ltd).

12.30 – 13.15 Lunch – Hot and Cold Buffet

13.15 – 14.15 SWWWSH Members Forum (closed session)

14.15 – 14.30 Tea/Coffee & Snacks

14.30 - Close, Drinks Reception

About the Contributors

Owen Margetts BSc, Senior Estates Officer Royal United Hospitals Bath
Owen has been invovled in estates water safety at Royal United Hopsitals Bath since 2010 and as Senior Estates Officer is now the responsbile person for the trusts water safety compliance as well as for Fire and Medical Gases. After his painful experience of involvement in a Coroner’s inquests and possible enforcement action from the Health & Safety Executive he is passionate about sharing lessons learnt with others so they might avoid the same pitfalls and can improve on the processes that may already be in place but have avoided close scrutiny. It is hoped the SWWWSH Forum will provide one such opportunity to share this experience.

George McCracken, Head of Estates, Risk and Environment. Belfast Health and Social Care Trust
George holds a First-Class Honours Degree in Construction Engineering & Management, is a Chartered Member of the Institute of Building, Member of IHEEM and RSPH. On 1 November 2007 George took up post as Head of Estates Risk and Environment in the new Belfast Health and Social Care Trust, which is one of the largest Trusts in the UK.
He currently leads a risk team that has and continues to provide an innovative approach to the management of risk with an Estates Healthcare Environment.

Ian E Kershaw, Legionella Team Leader; Building, Design & Construction , Hartlepool Borough Council
Started his career in water treatment/water hygiene in 1983 with Houseman (Burnham) Limited and after a couple of years out of the industry to pursue other interests returned to the fold to join Hartlepool Borough Council in 2004. From 2006 to 2008 he ran the Legionella Control teams for both Hartlepool & Gateshead Councils, before eventually moving back to Hartlepool Borough Council at the end of 2013.
Ian is a driving force behind the North East Council Legionella Focus Group (NECLFG) and will share his experience of maintaining a successful and florishing Forum and the benefits and outcomes that group has achieved.

Dr Mike Weinbren, Consultant Microbiologist and infection Control doctor at Chesterfield Royal Hospital.
Previously Director of Infection Prevention and Control at University Hospitals of Coventry and Warwickshire 2004-2013 during which they had the largest PFI build. This stimulated his interest in hospital design and the links to infection control especially with water / waste systems.

Debbie Rookes Senior Associate (Medical Law Team), Bevan Brittan
Debbie is a Senior Associate with a wealth of experience in dealing with health and safety matters in a medical law context. Debbie has lead on several large cases where the HSE's investigation runs parallel to a police investigation and the inquest process, providing strategic advice at Board level through to hands on support to the employees involved. She advises clients regarding the risks of potential corporate and gross negligence manslaughter and also advises in relation to press strategy and reputational management.

Debbie frequently provides advice in all aspects of health and safety law from compliance with legislation and guidance, through any HSE/CQC investigation including PACE interviews, as well as defending clients following any subsequent enforcement action and she supported the Royal United Hospitals Bath NHS Foundation Trust during inquest. Debbie also has a particular interest in sharing learning and knowledge to try and prevent future incidents.'

Sponsor - John Sandford MSc Dip Nebosh, Director, SMS Environmental Ltd
John has over 25 years practical and research experience in the field of water treatment and control with specific expertise in application of the HSE’s ACoP L8 and NHS Estates Health Guidance HTM 04/01 and is a regular speaker at the Health Care Estates Conference as well as other associated water and wastewater management events. He acts as a AE and consultant for health care trusts, county councils, universities, government departments and housing associations as well as acting as a workplace supervisor for MSc thesis at Cranfield University.

About the Venue, The St. David’s Hotel, Havannah Street, Cardiff. CF10 5SD

A wonderful setting for meetings, the St. David’s Hotel is set on Cardiff Bay's waterfront, making a bold statement, with its glass-fronted façade, private balconies, floor-to-ceiling windows, and coastal setting. Recently presented with a 2017 Gold Award by Visit Wales.

Free, superfast Wi-Fi with a maximum bandwidth of 1Gb is available throughout the hotel.
For directions and any further information please visit the website:


Parking on site is free for SWWWSH members but on a 1st come 1st serve basis. If hotel parking is full, there is public parking available adjacent to the venue @ £7.50 for 7 hours parking (Havannah Street Car Park).

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For enquiries please contact Lee Bainbrigge at or Owen Margetts

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