Infection prevention and control in care homes conference 

To complement the launch of their new educational DVD and other initiatives for care home staff in key areas of infection prevention and control, the Health Protection Agency held a one day conference, in partnership with the Infection Prevention Society.

The conference was an opportunity to bring together those who share responsibility in this important area.  The conference was co-chaired by Dr Christine McCartney, Executive Lead for HCAI and AMR Programme, Health Protection Agency and Martin Kiernan, President, Infection Prevention Society. There were many key speakers, with around 280 delegates from Care Homes across the UK.  The Residents' Perspective was presented by Derek Butler, Chair, MRSA Action UK, and there were opportunities to share experiences and learn more about the latest developments in infection prevention and control in Care Homes.

Programme and presentations:


The challenges for care homes

Dr Christine McCartney - Director, Regional Microbiology Network and HCAI & AMR Programme Executive Lead - Health Protection Agency


The Health and Social Care Act - its relevance for care homes

Sally Wellsteed - Team Leader, Infection Control - Department of Health


Can we do it? - Compliance with the Hygiene Code by care homes

Dr Richard Slack - Regional Microbiologist/CCDC, East Midlands - Health Protection Agency


Regulation and registration: roles and responsibilities

Richard Elson - Care Quality Commission


Issues for care homes

Ginny Storey - Head of Care and Clinical Governance - Anchor Trust


The residents' perspective

Derek Butler - Chair - MRSA Action UK


New research: infection prevention and control at the social and healthcare interface - emerging findings

Richard Elson - Care Quality Commission

Jackie Gallagher - Associate Director of Consulting - Tribal Consulting


Effectiveness of short term enhanced IC support in improving compliance with IC guidelines and practice in nursing homes. A recent study in Lewisham

Dr Guduru Gopal Rao - Consultant Microbiologist and Lead Clinician, Infection Control - North West London Hospitals NHS Trust


Infection prevention - the different perspectives

Debbie Wright - Infection Prevention Society


Problems and solutions - finding from recent training programme work

Trish Johnson - National Programme Lead for Healthcare Associated Infections - Improvement Foundation


Infection control in care homes: A pilot accreditation programme

Caroline Foley - Health Protection Nurse, Beds & Herts HPU - Health Protection Agency

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