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Have your say about what research is important and help put research into healthcare associated infections in the spotlight
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 30th September 2015. More...
Jules and Steve complete the 10k Triffic Trail at Trent Country Park
21 June 2014
The race took place within the grounds of Trent Country Park, a beautiful location giving runners the opportunity to take in grass and path, woods and open fields, a few hills and some fast roadway. Jules and Steve enjoyed their run with no injuries, and they are both looking happy in their photo. Thank you Jules and Steve.
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These are their forthcoming challenges:
12th July Lee Valley 10k
19th July Newham 10k (back at the Olympic Stadium)
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
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!
Steve Owen completes the Southend Half Marathon
14 June 2014
Steve was on his own for this one. Jules Owen, his wife who usually runs with him, was injured and was unable to take part, she had a run of bad luck, but some good fortune too, after losing a stone from her ring someone found it and it was returned to her, thank goodness. Steve didn't break any records this time finishing in 2:00:41, but he is still smiling as always. Thanks for all you both do for us Jules and Steve.
Reducing healthcare associated infections: Combating pervasive threats conference
30th June 2015
The Mermaid Centre, London
In July 2014 David Cameron announced a package of measures to take antimicrobial resistance, including an independent commission looking at the issue led by economist Jim O’Neill.
"Resistance to antibiotics is now a very real and worrying threat, as bacteria mutate to become immune to their effects," said Cameron. "With some 25,000 people a year already dying from infections resistant to antibiotic drugs in Europe alone, this is not some distant threat but something happening right now. If we fail to act, we are looking at an almost unthinkable scenario where antibiotics no longer work and we are cast back into the dark ages of medicine where treatable infections and injuries will kill once again."
The latest event in the Reducing HCAIs series of conferences, Combating Pervasive Threats seeks to avoid the unthinkable scenario the Prime Minister prophesied. The event will explore the greatest infection risks facing healthcare providers today. Delegates will return to their jobs with a better understanding of the threats on the horizon and knowledge on how to prevent and control healthcare associated infections in the care settings for which they are responsible.
The Future of Infection Prevention and Control Conference 2015
Wednesday 8 July 2015, University of Salford, Manchester
Derek Butler has been invited to deliver a leading address at The Future of Infection Prevention and Control Conference 2015, which is taking place on Wednesday 8 July 2015, at the University of Salford, Manchester.
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 Future of Infection Prevention and Control Conference 2015 will provide healthcare professionals with knowledge and practical tools needed to prevent and control Healthcare Associated Infections (HCAIs). The conference will explore 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 will hear and learn about key updates in regards to detection, prevention and control from leading experts. Key issues to be addressed on the day include:
-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
More information on how to register interest or book a space
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.