Jacqui Reilly

We are putting the spotlight on some of our amazing 2020 Alumni of the Year recipients and the critical role they have played during the pandemic.  Next up is 1992 nursing graduate, Professor Jacqui Reilly, who has been intensively involved in NHS and Scottish Government planning in response to the pandemic.  Below we tell you a bit more about Jacqui’s role:

Jacqui is the Director of Nursing at National Services Scotland (NHS NSS) and has executive leadership responsibility for Allied Health Professionals (AHPs), Healthcare Associated Infection (HAI) and Quality. She has contributed to national policy on safe staffing legislation, public health, excellence in care and NMC standards. She has a joint appointment at Glasgow Caledonian University, where she is a Professor of Infection Prevention and is the research group lead for the Safeguarding Health through Infection Prevention (SHIP) research group.

With a background in epidemiology, public health and clinical leadership in the NHS in Scotland, Jacqui has been working in a variety of settings, nationally and locally, inclusive of acute care and public health. She was the Lead Consultant for HAI, Antimicrobial Resistance (AMR) and Infection Prevention and Control (IPC) in the national public health organisation, Health Protection Scotland, for over 10 years. Having authored more than 200 peer-reviewed publications, she has contributed extensively to national and international guidelines, including the World Health Organisation (WHO) core components for IPC.

During the COVID-19 response she has chaired the Scottish Government COVID-19 Nosocomial review group and the UK CMO AGP independent panel. She is also a member of the CMO C19 Advisory group and Scottish Government groups on care homes and public health threats, as well as the UK SAGE sub-group on hospital onset COVID-19.

Jacqui was past elected chair of the European Centre for Disease Control (ECDC) HAI network coordinating committee and has contributed to UK and international policy on AMR and IPC and continued to support ECDC and WHO with the COVID-19 response.

Jacqui was also the HAI executive lead for the setup of the Louisa Jordan Hospital. This involved setting up the microbiology and infection prevention and control service, recruiting the team and ensuring that the policy and practices were in line with extant government policy, legal requirements etc to ensure the building was safe for use from an IPC perspective.

Jacqui also undertook a review of COVID-19 outbreaks in care homes in Scotland at the request of the cabinet secretary for health. This resulted in recommendations for policy and practice which were all adopted by the Scottish Government in the winter plan published on the same day as the review she did.  The results were also considered important by ECDC and shared across Europe as part of a recent risk assessment on COVID-19

Thank you Jacqui for the phenomenal work you are doing.  You are a very worthy addition to our esteemed Alumni of the Year recipients.