Latest news & events
MRSA Action UK proposal to the government
Healthcare Infections A Manifesto 2015
29 April 2015
With growing problems with antimicrobial resistance, reductions in Clostridium difficile disease stalling at around 20,000 recorded cases a year, and 14,000 Staph bloodstream infections a year – the micro-organism involved in the evolution of MRSA - MRSA Action UK calls for cross-party support in "Healthcare Infections a Manifesto 2015"
Jules and Steve complete the Great Baddow 10 Miler
17 May 2015
Another great achievement for Jules and Steve! Jules completed the 10 miles in 84:00 minutes, and Steve excelled with yet another personal best of 81:02.
Jules and Steve have raised £5,288.96 and have now clocked up over 1,660 race miles between them (without the training). They are truly amazing!
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:
25th May Bupa London 10k
6th June Bedgebury Forest Half
14th June Southend Half
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 Leigh on Sea 10k
25th October Great South 10 Miler
7th November Poppy Half
Read more about their achievements on their dedicated webpage
BBC Radio 4 - The Report
7 May 2015 - 8.00pm
Why drug resistance is now regarded by the UK government as one of the most severe threats to public safety. Peter Marshall reports.
Derek Butler and Maria Cann join the debate on BBC Radio 4
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.