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Sterile Services Department

The Sterile Services Department (SSD) is based at Leighton Hospital and provides a decontamination service to all wards and departments within the Trust including Victoria Infirmary, the East Cheshire Trust, the South Cheshire Private Hospital and other organisations within the peripheral area.

To support a belief in the excellent service provided, and to ensure that all operational activities function to the same level of efficiency and comply with the requirements of the European Directive MDD/93/42/EEC, the SSD operates a Quality Management System to the Standard BS EN ISO 13485: 2016, and has made a Declaration of Conformity to the MDD 93/42 with the MHRA, which is verified and audited by our recognised Notified Body, Intertek Certification Services Ltd. This provides both quality assurances for SSD customers and effective quality management for Mid Cheshire Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust.

The department forms part of the Surgery & Cancer Division and is headed by the Divisional General Manager and the Service Manager for Theatres, Treatment Centre, and Sterile Services Department.



Divisional General Manager: Mark Wilde

Service Manager: Emma Reay

The structure within the SSD consists of Manager, Quality Management Representative/Deputy, SCPH Co-Ordinator, 3 Supervisors, 3 Team Leaders supported by 21 Technicians and Admin Support.

Sterile Services Manager: Bernice Dickson

Quality Management Representative: Sarah Young

SSD Co-Ordinator: Joyce Clarke (SCPH liaison)

Deputy QMR: Lynne Adamson-Clay

Supervisors: Linda Grice, Gavin Tudor, Sue Heath

Team Leaders: Jane Harrison, Lisa Wilkinson, Donna-Marie Cranshaw

The department offers a full training schedule. The Institute of Decontamination Sciences has a training programme which starts with a Foundation Course and continues up to Master’s Degree level. Support is offered for any member of staff wishing to develop. We also provide mandatory training (Tristat) in Health & Safety, Infection Control etc., on-line training and assessment in Fire, and Integrated Governance and annual training/assessment in Object Handling carried out by one of our Key Workers.

The department is committed to Improving Working Lives, and the personal development of its staff. Staff have annual appraisals with a member of the management team where any training and development identified as required would be discussed.

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