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October is World MRSA Awareness Month

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October 2nd is World MRSA Day – The anniversary of MRSA’s discovery

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MRSA Survivors Network, the prominent advocacy group in the USA is joining with organisations across the world for World MRSA Day - October 2nd. MRSA activists, including MRSA Action UK, are calling for world unity from governments, the healthcare industry and the community for a greater response to MRSA and other resistant pathogens. In a bid for everyone to gain a greater understanding this web-page gives a potted history of MRSA.

October 2nd 1960 was the day when Professor Patricia Jevons observed Staphylococcus aureus that was resistant to the antibiotic Methicillin. This new drug, also known as the chemical compound BRL 1241, had been published in the British Medical Journal as a suitable alternative to Penicillin for resistant strains of Staphylococcus aureus just a month beforehand (September 3rd 1960). There was some caution reserved in the publication with resistance being shown in lower doses of the drug. Shortly after in February 1961 the British Medical Journal cited Professor Jevons observation of the resistant pathogen that we now know as MRSA. It soon became endemic in UK hospitals and around the world. Now we are seeing its spread in the wider community. With much more virulent strains of other "superbugs" evolving we wonder what the next 50 years will bring. More...

Steve runs the Chester Marathon on World MRSA Day
October 2nd 2016

Jules and Steve kicked off MRSA Awareness Month October in Chester, along with Ted their cute little terrier. Jules was there to cheer Steve on in the Chester Marathon. The grueling run started at Chester Racecourse (Ted thinks he would be good at this too!).

Jules commented "He did it! I'm so proud of him the last 10k was a struggle but he was determined to finish with a smile on his face and is very very happy with 04:29:00"

A huge thank you Steve and congratulations on completing the Chester Marathon.

To support Jules and Steve leave a message on their Just Giving page visit
or text MRSA66 to 70070 and the amount to donate

To see more about their races and achievements visit Jules and Steve's page

Britain’s AMR Centre granted 100 million dollars to tackle Antimicrobial Resistance
29 July 2016

It's being described as a "grave threat" and now - a new centre in the North West is teaming up with the US to fight against antibiotic resistance, which claims 25,000 lives a year in Europe.

In a bid to help tackle this major problem the AMR Centre in Cheshire has got funding.

Derek Butler, Chair of MRSA Action UK, told Rebecca Pukiello of BBC’s North West Tonight “Losing three family members has had a massive impact. It’s changed the family for ever.” More...

5 News - Global warning over resistance of antibiotics to superbugs

May 19, 2016

If the world doesn't take action now, superbugs will kill someone every three seconds within a generation. That's the stark warning from a global study into antibiotics, which says we're overusing them and failing to develop enough new ones. The report says in future, basic procedures we take for granted could become too dangerous to carry out.

The battle against drug resistant infection

May 19, 2016

The battle against infections that are resistant to drugs has been described as "big a risk as terrorism", according to a new report. The Review on Antimicrobial Resistance says superbugs will kill someone every three seconds by 2050 unless the world acts now. Joanna Gosling spoke to Professor Laura Piddock, who advised on the report, Yvonne Smith, who lost her father to a superbug infection, Derek Butler, from charity MRSA Action UK, Sharon Brenan, a transplant patient and health journalist and Professor Paul Cosford from Public Health England. More...

MRSA Action UK: With 10 million people predicted to die every year from resistant infections by 2050 we cannot afford to wait 30-50 years before action is taken on Antimicrobial Resistance – Response to the O’Neill Report

19 May 2016

Chair and spokesperson for MRSA Action UK Derek Butler was invited on BBC 2’s Victoria Derbyshire current affairs program to discuss the release of Lord O’Neill’s report commissioned by the Prime Minister David Cameron on Antimicrobial Resistance (AMR). The report and the lack of the pharmaceutical companies’ ability or incentive to develop new treatments for the ever growing resistance to antibiotics were featured in the report. Lord O’Neill’s report highlighted concern regarding the growing threat to human health from AMR for future generations. The report cites reducing unnecessary use of antimicrobial drugs in healthcare settings; monitoring and reducing superfluous use of the drugs in farming; banning or restricting antibiotics that are vital for human health from being used in animals; using diagnostic tools to reduce inappropriate prescribing; a global public awareness campaign about the problem of drug resistance and increasing the supply of new antibiotic drugs. More...

The Information Standard Network and Learn: Setting the New Narrative Event, Leeds

22 August 2016

Knowlex Infection Prevention and Control Conference 2016
RNCM, Manchester

6 September 2016

Knowlex (shorthand for ‘Knowledge Exchange’) is an organisation that has been set up with the ambition of disseminating information on research and innovative practice to help healthcare professionals in their working lives. Knowlex's objective is to help all organisations involved in health – Acute trusts, CCGs, and local authorities – to become more efficient and effective in delivering better outcomes for the public. The centrepiece of the organisation's efforts will be conferences, where professionals can meet and discuss the challenges they are facing, along with exchanging the knowledge that can help them to make improvements. An on-going supplementary programme of webinars and roundtables will support these conferences.

Derek Butler will Chair the conference, to read more about the programme and speakers visit the Knowlex website

IPS Conference Harrogate

26 to 28 September 2016

The IPS annual conference attracts over 800 professionals and we hope you are one of those who take the opportunity to attend in 2016.

Provision of an exceptional educational programme each year has led to the development and expansion of the IPS Conference encouraging a larger and more varied audience. The audience is not only growing significantly in numbers, it is also changing in delegate profile and includes DIPCs, Microbiologists, Antibiotic Pharmacists, Managers as well as nursing leaders in Infection Prevention and Control.

MRSA Action UK will be attending again this year, promoting World MRSA Day. To see more about the programme visit the IPS website

Bioinfect Conference, Alderley Park Conference Centre, Cheshire

3 November 2016

BioInfect is focused on contributing to the international agenda regarding the development of legislation, regulation, research focus and international trends in the area of anti-infectives. A major 1-day conference looking at the critical issues relating to the development of new anti-infectives and the endemic problem of resistance.

Antimicrobial resistance occurs when microorganisms such as bacteria, viruses, fungi and parasites change in ways that render the medications used to cure the infections they cause ineffective. When the microorganisms become resistant to most antimicrobials they are often referred to as “superbugs”. This is a major concern because a resistant infection may kill, can spread to others, and imposes huge costs to individuals and society.

Antimicrobial resistance threatens the effective prevention and treatment of an ever-increasing range of infections caused by bacteria, parasites, viruses and fungi. It is an increasingly serious threat to global public health that requires action across all government sectors and society.

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AHCP Northern Branch Annual Study Day
George Washington Golf and Spa Hotel, Stone Cellar Road, Washington, Tyne and Wear

10 November 2016

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