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Have your say about what research is important and help put research into healthcare associated infections in the spotlight

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James Lind Alliance - Priority Setting Partnership (Healthcare associated infections)

What research into healthcare associated infections should we investigate?

What research about healthcare associated infections would make a difference to patients, carers and health professionals? What questions should researchers be working on? There is now a way to have your say about what research is important and help put research into healthcare associated infections in the spotlight.

The James Lind Alliance, a partnership of patients and healthcare professionals, are conducting a survey on what research into healthcare associated infections we should investigate. This is your chance to have your say about research to tackle healthcare associated infections and help keep infection prevention and treatment in the spotlight. The survey is open to patients, carers and healthcare professionals until 31st October 2015. The date has been extended to take account of the Infection Prevention Society Annual Conference and various publications in health related journals. We are at stand 123 of the Infection Prevention Society Conference with Molnlycke Healthcare, just around the corner from the Infection Prevention Society stand. Please come and visit us if you are attending to learn more about the survey and take part.More...

Maria Cann recognised for patient involvement work by the University of West London

23 July 2013

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Maria at Wembley Stadium after receiving her award

Leading figures in the health sector were honoured by the University of West London’s (UWL) College of Nursing, Midwifery and Healthcare on Thursday 23 July. The University’s annual graduation ceremony took place at Wembley Stadium and the honorary degree recipients were joined by more than 1600 graduates.

Receiving honorary degrees were Sandra Hatton, former Managing Director of Health Education Thames Valley; and Maria Cann, founder member of patient charity MRSA Action UK. More....

Jules and Steve complete the Great Newham 10k London Run 2015
at the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park

19 July 2015

Jules and Steve were back at the Olympic Stadium for the Newham 10k race. They crossed the track finish line where world-class athletes made their appearance at the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games. Steve finished 00:50:22 and Jules in 00:53:36. It was a lovely day as you can see from their photo, but of course that made it a hot one.

Three years ago Jules was proud to be helping out at the London 2012 Olympics in her Gamesmaker role, as was our Vice Chair Helen Bronstein, what a great way to remember Jules.

Well done Jules and Steve and thank you for running for MRSA Action UK.

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

These are their forthcoming challenges:

15th August Race the Train 14 Miler

11th October Royal Parks Half (Steve only)

18th October Chelmsford Marathon

25th October Great South 10 Miler

7th November Poppy Half Marathon Bexhill-on-Sea

Read more about their achievements on their dedicated webpage

The Future of Infection Prevention and Control Conference 2015

Wednesday 8 July 2015, University of Salford, Manchester

Derek Butler delivered a leading address at The Future of Infection Prevention and Control Conference 2015, which took place on Wednesday 8 July 2015, at the University of Salford, Manchester. Derek's presentation showed the human cost of acquiring avoidable healthcare associated infections, and also drew on knowledge from other industries to highlight how systems thinking and human performance can be applied in healthcare to make patient care safer. This was also a feature in other speakers' presentations.

The shared aim of all healthcare professionals is to reduce the risk of harm from healthcare-associated infections for patients, staff and visitors; and to reduce the costs associated with preventable infection.

The conference provided delegates with knowledge and information about the practical tools mentioned here to prevent and control Healthcare Associated Infections (HCAIs). The conference explored how patient safety can be improved, associated costs reduced, and what training can be introduced to ensure rates of infection continue to fall, and the quality of health outcomes improve. Through discussion, debate and engagement, delegates heard about key updates in regards to detection, prevention and control from leading experts. Key issues addressed on the day included:
-Meeting targets and implementing NICE's quality improvement guidance
-Improving patient safety through infection prevention
-Strengthening multi-agency working: information sharing between health services
-Reducing the costs associated with preventable infection
-Training and engagement strategies to support healthcare workers reduce infection rates
-Infection prevention and control and health inequalities
-The role of new technologies in minimising risk from HCAIs

For more information visit Salford University's website

Ladies at Winifred Dell Care Home
make teddies for MRSA Action UK
17 June 2014

Our thanks go to the ladies at Winifred Dell Care Home for making teddies to raise funds for MRSA Action UK. Jules Owen is offering these cute teddies for a suggested donation of £2 to friends and colleagues. Each teddy has a hand wash spray, so the message about hand hygiene in helping to protect us from infections is clear - it's always good to have clean hands to stave off things like tummy bugs and flu, not just for the care setting! These cute bears are irresistible. Thanks ladies, and thanks Jules yet again!

7th Annual World MRSA Day Kickoff Event

Saturday September 26 2015

Our colleague and friend in the USA Jeanine Thomas is working on some new programs for the MRSA Survivors' Network - encouraging youth involvement and exploring the possibility of producing a documentary on MRSA. Jeanine is aiming to introduce a Bill for universal screening for MRSA at a federal level.

Jeanine will be hosting the 7th Annual World MRSA Day Kickoff event on Saturday, September 26 2015 in Chicago. Her events will coincide with our awareness raising throughout October and on World MRSA Day itself, October 2nd, we will be at the annual Infection Prevention Society Conference in Liverpool, where we will be promoting awareness with colleagues from across healthcare who are experts in infection prevention and control.

Infection Prevention & Control 2016

23 February 2016
Royal College of General Practioners

Public Health England figures released in June show that the number of recorded cases of MRSA for the first quarter of 2015 are up 9% on the same period in 2014. Similarly, C. difficile infections rose by 12% between Q1 in 2014 and Q1 in 2015. These worrying trends were seemingly pre-empted by the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) who in April 2014 were clear about the risk of letting infection control efforts slip. In unveiling Quality Standard 61, the Institute drew attention to the continuing impact of HAI; 300,000 people get an infection while being cared for within the NHS in England each year and one in 16 people being treated on the NHS picks up an infection. The document places a requirement on trusts and HCPs to redouble their infection prevention and control endeavours.

The programme includes:

Economics of infection in the NHS
Angelina Cannizarro, Health and Central Government Faculty Lead, CIPFA

NICE QS61 and its associated quality standards and guidelines.
What it means for healthcare professionals
Dr Hugh McIntyre, Chair, Quality Standards Advisory Committee, NICE

The current data on MRSA and C.difficle. What does it tell us?
Professor Neil Woodford, Head of the AMRHAI Reference Unit, PHE

Networking & Poster Viewing

NHS England clostridium difficile infection objectives
Philip Howard, Regional Healthcare Associated Infetions and Antimicrobial Resistance Project Lead, NHS England

The human consequences of infection control lapses
Andrea Jenkyns MP, Morley and Outwood and Trustee of MRSA Action UK

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