Latest news & events
Launch of HandZ - Saving lives through clean hands
Launched in November 2015 in Portcullis House
hosted by Andrea Jenkyns MP, Chair of the APPG on Patient Safety
Supported by Dame Sally Davies, Chief Medical Officer, Department of Health
Hand Hygiene is the foundation of all good healthcare, everyone involved in caring for patients has a responsibility to clean their hands at the right time, every time.
The consequences of getting it wrong are too great for the patient and ultimately for society. Any avoidable infection is one too many, it may prove impossible to treat if antibiotics are no longer effective. So please don’t be accountable for avoidable infections. Join MRSA Action UK in supporting HandZ and make patient care the first priority and to be as safe as it can be.
Handz aims to educate young people about why hand hygiene is important. At the launch members of parliament are invited to take information away for distribution in primary schools.
Jules and Steve at the Mo Farah Foundation Christmas 10k
Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park
13 December 2015
Jules and Steve completed their Christmas run at the venue where Mo Farah made British history by winning Olympic Gold in both the 5k and the 10k at the 2012 London Olympic Games. Jules finished in 00:53:23 and Steve in 00:53:24
Looking festive with your friends Jules and Steve and love the medal!
To support Jules and Steve leave a message on their Just Giving page visit
or text MRSA66 to 70070 and the amount to donate
Read more about their achievements on their dedicated webpage
MRSA Action UK forthcoming events
23 February 2016
The Brewery, Chiswell Street, London
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.
A Practical Guide to improving practice and monitoring compliance against The NICE Quality Standard for Healthcare Associated Infections
Wednesday 20 April 2016, ICO Conference Centre, London
The NICE Quality Standard for Healthcare Associated Infection (February 2016)
Dr Bharat Patel, Consultant Microbiologist
Specialist Committee Member, Healthcare Associated Infections, Prevention and Control Quality Standard, NICE
- the evidence on what works and what is avoidable
- setting and appraising clear objectives for all hospital staff in relation to infection prevention and control: developing annual appraisal for HAI
- priority areas for improvement
- monitoring implementation from a provider and commissioner perspective
- challenges in practice
HAI Surveillance and monitoring: what needs to change?
Dr Theresa Lamagni, Senior Epidemiologist, Healthcare Associated Infection & Antimicrobial Resistance Department, Public Health England
Meeting Statement 1: Hospitals monitor the incidence of healthcare-associated infections, and the risk of infections in hospitals from community-wide outbreaks, to inform multi-agency action when alerts are identified.
- managing monitoring and surveillance in practice
- mandatory and voluntary reporting
- effectively monitoring incidents and trends
- identifying potential risks from community-wide outbreaks
- current issues and challenges
The ‘Power’ of the Patient - Involving patients to reduce HAI
Derek Butler Chairman, MRSA Action UK
- Why involve patients?
- The Good story, the Bad story and what makes the difference
Admission, Discharge and Transfer
Prof Brian Duerden CBE Inspector of Microbiology and Infection Control Department of Health
Meeting Statement 4: People admitted to, discharged from or transferred between hospitals have information about any infections and associated treatments shared with their health and social care practitioners.
- ensuring people admitted to, discharged from or transferred between hospitals have information about any infections and associated treatments shared with their health and social care practitioners
- how can we improve the sharing of information and collaboration across health and social care organisations?
- our experience and moving forward
Interventions to Improve Antimicrobial Prescribing in Hospital Care: What works?
Professor Jonathan Cooke
- what interventions work to improve antimicrobial prescribing: the evidence
- changing culture and practice
- what he future holds