Safeguarding Health through Infection Prevention (SHIP) Research Group
The Safeguarding Health through Infection Prevention (SHIP) research group is led by Professor Jacqui Reilly who has established a strong relationship between research and its application to infection prevention in the National Health Service (NHS).
As a multidisciplinary team of researchers, including nurses, microbiologists and health psychologists we are committed to developing clinical practice while working in partnership with patients, clinical staff and service management, to safeguard against infection and to enhance the quality of patient care. Infection prevention research has been undertaken at GCU for 20 years with outputs of more than 100 peer reviewed publications and a very successful result in the 2014 Research Excellence Framework (REF). REF is the system for assessing the quality of research in UK higher education institutions.
So far this year the group has received grants of over £2.3 million, including becoming a partner in a consortium of researchers to establish a new Scottish Healthcare Associated Infection Prevention Institute (SHAIPI). This is the largest ever single investment into research into healthcare-associated infections in Scotland.
The following diagram shows the current work streams and the lead researcher for each stream. The group members section details individual research profiles with more on successful grants and publications. Project updates are also available from the blog.