Public & patient involvement in healthcare associated infection research 

SURF Workshop
20th May 2009



The day presented opportunities for participants to take part in looking at scenarios for research into healthcare associated infections and how SURF, under the umbrella of the HCAI network could support researchers, patients and patient groups in research.


Isabel Boyer, Lay Member on the Advisory Committee on Antimicrobial Resistance and Healthcare Associated Infection gave an interesting overview of what it is really like to be involved on a commissioning board with tips for effective user engagement.


Jean Cooper Moran, outlined active patient and public involvement and the work of the National Institute for Health Research Central Commissioning Facility.  This included an overview of the Research for Patient Benefit Programme which participants may wish to become involved in, this could be as assessors or commissioning research.


If you are looking for patients to peer review your research proposal or to become involved in your research into patient safety preventing, informing and education on healthcare infections then please contact us at or join the Healthcare Associated Infections Research Network.



Dr Amani Alnimr

Royal Free & University College London

Sarah Jane Besser

Royal Free & University College London

Arlene Blanchard

National Institute for Health Research

Arthur Carasco

London Ambulance Service

Steve Edgar

National Institute for Health Research

Dr Vanya Gant

University College London Hospital

Professor Dinah Gould

City University

Professor Colin Gray
and Hedieh Wojgani

Health and Care Research & Innovation Centre, University of Reading

Dr Nigel Klein

University College London Hospital

Dr Galena Duyumdzhieva

Health Protection Agency

David Matthews

University of Essex

Dr Wiesia Olszewska

Imperial College

Gabriel Perron

Imperial College

Dr Jacqui Prieto

Basingstoke & North Hampshire NHS Foundation Trust / University of Birmingham

Edward Taylor

Papworth Hospital





Isabel Boyer

Advisory Committee on Antimicrobial Resistance and Healthcare Associated Infection

Lucy Simons


Jean Cooper Moran

Patient & Public Involvement,
National Institute For Health Research Central Commissioning Facility

Dr Peter Harper

Senior Lecturer Research,
Thames Valley University

Simon Jones

SURF Coordinator

Heather Loveday

Deputy Director, National HCAI Research Network

Meg Morse

Administrator, National HCAI Research Network



SURF core members:


Susan Bennett


Maria Cann


Olivia Freeman


Laura Probert



Summary of SURF Workshops held on 7th February 2008 and 13th May 2008

If you or someone you care about has been affected by a healthcare infection and you wish to discuss this with us, please contact us at