Presenting Scotland's Infection Prevention and Control research priorities

05 August 2014

Professor Jacqui Reilly with Alex Neil MSP

Professor Jacqui Reilly with Alex Neil MSP

Professor of Healthcare Associated Infections Jacqui Reilly, who works within Health Protection Scotland and Glasgow Caledonian University (GCU) research teams, is to represent Scotland’s research priorities in infection prevention and control at the Infection Prevention 2014 conference.

The Infection Prevention Society’s annual conference, taking place between 29th September and 1st October at the SECC in Glasgow, is expected to attract over 1,000 infection prevention and control professionals.

Chaired by Professor Heather Loveday, IPS Vice President, Professor Reilly will join a panel to discuss research within GCU and beyond.

GCU is also presenting four posters at the conference, which attracts microbiologists, antibiotic pharmacists, managers as well as nursing leaders in infection prevention and control. The GCU team includes Dr Lesley Price, Dr Kay Currie and Val Ness.

Healthcare Associated Infections (HAI) can be an unintended consequence of healthcare delivery. They are caused by a range of organisms, which are frequently resistant to antibiotics, but are often preventable. GCU-led research has reduced avoidable infections in healthcare in the UK and Europe by stimulating policy debate and investment in new healthcare practice and influencing policy decisions, evidence guidelines, and educational practices.

GCU is currently conducting research in areas including antimicrobial resistance and evidencing the six-step hand hygiene technique used by healthcare workers. HAI group research was also at the centre of a recent community engagement initiative which united a large number of organisations under the Glasgow City of Science banner to promote hand-hygiene, the best intervention to avoid colds, flu and other viruses, and the first line of defence against the spread of many infections in healthcare settings.

GCU student nurses, Health Protection Scotland, the NHS and around 5,400 pupils from 62 schools across Glasgow were part of an attempt to set the world record for the biggest hand-hygiene class ever held.

More about Infection Prevention 2014.