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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: 2012, 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, AMTAC Intertek Systems Certification. 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: Daniel Moore

Service Manager: Emma Reay

The structure within the SSD consists of Manager/Decontamination Lead and Deputy Manager/Quality Management Representative, 1 Co-Ordinator, 4 Supervisors, 4 Team Leaders supported by 22 Technicians and Admin Support.

Sterile Services Manager: Mrs Lynne Adamson-Clay

Deputy Manager/QMR: Miss Bernice Dickson

SSD Co-Ordinator: Mrs Joyce Clarke (SCPH liaison)

Deputy QMR / Supervisor: Miss Sarah Young

Supervisors: Mrs Linda Grice, Gavin Tudor, Sue Heath

Team Leaders: Jane Harrison, Lisa Wilkinson, Andrew Bainbridge, Donna 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 in Health & Safety, Infection Control, Fire, and an annual assessment/training in Object Handling. More recently, Conflict Resolution and Integrated Governance training has been introduced.

The department is committed to Improving Working Lives, and Investors in People and the personal development of its staff. Staff have annual reviews by means of a Knowledge & Skills Framework appraisal interview with a member of the management team where any training and development is identified and discussed.

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