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Bioinfect Conference, Alderley Park Conference Centre, Cheshire

3 November 2016

The major one-day conference reviewed the critical issues relating to the development of new anti-infectives and the endemic problem of antimicrobial resistance. Derek Butler, Chair of MRSA Action UK presented “A Patient’s View” and was followed by Lord Jim O’Neill, who led the Government’s review on tackling the global problem of antimicrobial resistance, and gave the keynote address. The opening of the address began with a film on antimicrobial resistance, in which members of MRSA Action UK, Derek Butler and Maria Cann featured.

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

Derek Butler presented the "Future of Infection Control, Hearts and Minds" at the Association of Healthcare Cleaning Professionals' study day.

In his book "Mirage of Health" the respected French microbiologist Rene Dubos wrote, "Since the days of the cave man, the earth has never been a garden of Eden but a valley of decision where resilience is essential to survival. To grow up in the midst of danger is the fate of the human race" in the face of microbes it has been one of survival and danger.

Derek spoke of the Maidstone and Tunbridge Wells scandal in 2007 where 90 patients died and the Mid Staffordshire Scandal where there were 1,200 Deaths between 2005-2008. During this period families affected by healthcare associated infections were campaigning with MRSA Action UK to bring about change and became stakeholders in the Department of Health’s cleaner hospitals campaign and the WHO Cleanyourhands campaign. He recounted the stories of families' personal experiences and the legacy of getting infection prevention and control wrong, leaving the impact like ripples in a pond.

Delegates heard stories regarding patients as young as 17 years old, the loss of a young mother and her baby and how this had spurred the families on to bring change.

We need to focus efforts on prevention and hygiene in the healthcare environment was a key component to preventing infections, and the burgeoning impact of antimicrobial resistance for our children and grandchildren.

He asked delegates to remember, that nothing matters until it becomes personal, and all that is necessary for the harm of patients, is that good people like you do nothing.

Steve completes the Great South Run

October 23 2016

Steve ran the Great South Run on October 23rd in the autumn sunshine. The 10 mile run took him through the sights of Southsea and Portsmouth past HMS Victory, Spinnaker Tower and views of the Isle of Wight. This was certainly a victory for you Steve, finishing in a time of 01:26:37. Jules was there to support him, but still resting from running due to a back injury. Get well soon Jules and congratulations Steve.

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

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.

Hayleigh completes the Tough Mudder

25 September 2016

At the end of September we were contacted by Hayleigh Proctor who lost her uncle Colin to MRSA. Hayleigh let us know that she would be joining friends to run the Tough Mudder on the 25th September, and had decided to donate the proceeds they raised to MRSA action UK.

Jenny, Hayleigh Dan, and Matt before the event

They raised £405.33 for MRSA Action UK and our grateful thanks go to Hayleigh and her friends and all the people who donated. You can still donate and read more about the challenge on their Just Giving Page

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