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The Institute of Decontamination Sciences


  • Institute Decontamination Sciences (IDSc) Technical Certificate

    Training for Medical Device Decontamination Scientists (Technician) is the first step in the formal training within this profession.

    This training program is designed to meet the needs of decontamination service technicians embarking upon a career in decontamination sciences and whose main role will be within a decontamination service department. Prior to embarking upon this training programme you should have completed:

    1. Organisation’s induction programme
    2. Initial departmental training


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  • Upcoming Dates for Technical Certificate examinations

    10th May 2017 - Locations to be confirmed

    11th October 2017 - Locations to be confirmed

    Wednesday May 9th 2018 - Locations to be confirmed

    Wednesday October 10th 2018 - Locations to be confirmed

    If you have students that are ready to undertake their examinations please contact

    Updated: 2nd May 2017

  • NEW: Anglia Ruskin Credited Modules

    The following credited modules are now available from ARU; 

    Decontamination of Reusable Invasive Medical Devices (Credited) 45 Credits

    Decontamination of Reusable Invasive Flexible Endoscopes (Credited) 15 Credits

    Decontamination of Reusable Invasive Dental Instrumentation – 15 Credits

    Updated 3rd November 2016

  • Anglia Ruskin Courses

    Below are a list of distant learning courses that have been developed by Anglia Ruskin in partnership with the Institute of Decontamination Sciences.

    BsC Honours degree

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     Endoscopy credited course

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     Medical device stand-alone unit

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    Please note: The Anglia Ruskin University Foundation degree course is suspended for new students for September 2016. Existing students will continue to be supported through the course. Updates will follow.

  • Apprenticeships and the Levy Workshop – The Current Picture October 2016

  • Notice of Apprenticeship Changes (Trailblazers)

    Dear Trailblazers

    As you will be aware, as part of our apprenticeships reforms, employers are being given more control over choosing and paying for apprenticeship training. Whilst only some employers will be required to contribute to the new apprenticeship levy, there will be changes to the funding of apprenticeship training for all employers. The system also needs to be easy for employers of all sizes to navigate, choose the apprenticeship training you want to purchase and negotiate on price. We are therefore simplifying some of the complex funding arrangements that currently exist. 

    To deliver these changes, we am pleased to confirm that we have today published:

     Proposals for apprenticeship funding in England from May 2017

    This document sets out our initial proposals for how apprenticeship training would be funded once the levy comes into effect next year. This includes proposed funding bands for existing apprenticeship frameworks and standards that have been approved for delivery. The proposals are supported by a short survey seeking feedback by 5 September.

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    Proposals for a new Register of Apprenticeship Training Providers. 

    This documents sets out proposals on who should be able to provide apprenticeship training in England. Again, we are inviting feedback by 5 September via a separate survey

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    Guidance for employers thinking about becoming apprenticeship training providers.

    This document will be of interest to employers who pay the levy, and may wish to act as their own training provider in the new system.

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    Apprenticeship funding calculator

    We have produced this tool to help employers understand what levy they will pay and how they could use the new digital service to plan and fund training.

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    Updated guidance on the apprenticeship levy

    We have also updated the existing, very popular online guidance, which gives employers a clear explanation of how they will pay the levy, manage and use their funds in the new system. 

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    In addition to seeking feedback on these proposals, we will use the next few weeks to test them further, including how they support the Government’s emerging industrial strategy and how they ensure that individuals from all backgrounds and parts of the country have the opportunity to get on in life. We aim to publish final policy details in October.

    Needless to say, we are keen to receive feedback on the proposals from Trailblazers and/or individual Trailblazer members via the above surveys.

    Kind regards, 
    Standards Development Team, DfE Apprenticeships Directorate

     Updated: 19th August 2016

  • Healthcare Science (HCS) Assistant Apprenticeship Update

  • Job Descriptions