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Launch of HandZ - Saving lives through clean hands

25 November 2015 2:00 – 3:30pm
Macmillan Room, Portcullis House
Speakers: Dame Sally Davies, Chief Medical Officer, Department of Health
Andrea Jenkyns MP, Chair of the APPG on Patient Safety

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 completes the Poppy Half Marathon
in Bexhill-on-Sea
on 7 November 2015

On November 7 Jules completed the Poppy Half Marathon.It was a wild and wet event. Melanie Harrison Pavlou came all the way from Capetown South Africa to join Jules in her first half marathon on British soil. Jules says “She may never be the same again. “Running with friends..... the finishing time doesn’t matter”. They did great ‬‬ Jules finished in 2:07:49.15 and Melanie in 2:07:49.95.

This was a great way to remember our heroes, and particularly poignant for Jules and Steve, as November 7th is the anniversary of Don’s birthday - Steve’s dad who passed away with MRSA in 2007 - which is why they do so much to raise awareness. We know Don would be so proud of you both.

Steve's dad, Donald Owen in his army days

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

On World MRSA Day October 2nd relatives, survivors and infection prevention professionals mark World MRSA Day, October 2nd, 55 years after the superbug’s discovery

World MRSA Day logo

The late Doctor Patricia Jevons viewed the micro-organism under the microscope for the first time 55 years ago on 2nd October 1960 in a Laboratory in Colindale, London. Outbreaks followed in hospitals in the South East and MRSA was soon endemic in hospitals across the UK and then became pandemic spreading across the globe. Dr Jevons discovery was published in the British Medical Journal on January 14th 1961, acknowledging the significance of the find and its evolution, believed to from a patient’s skin lesion tested in the previous July.

These events have highlighted the importance of going back to the basics of asepsis and good hygiene to prevent infection rather than rely on our precious reserves of antimicrobials to cure the problem. More...

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

staphylococcus bacteria

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...

MRSA Action UK forthcoming events

14th October 2015 Stockport NHS Trust infection control study day for Prevention of Infection Practitioners

10th November Mid-Essex Infection Prevention Link Practitioner study day and
Baxter Infection Control & Antimicrobial Stewardship Roundtable
70 Gray's Inn Road, London

23rd November Annual Infection Prevention & Control Study Day at Cheshire & Wirral Partnership NHS Foundation Trust

25th November House of Commons Hand Hygiene Launch

Infection Prevention & Control 2016

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.

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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