Professor Reilly takes up European HAI Chair

21 April 2015

Professor Jacqui Reilly

Professor Jacqui Reilly

Professor Jacqui Reilly of Glasgow Caledonian University’s Institute for Applied Health Research has been elected Chair of the Healthcare-Associated Infections Surveillance Network (HAI-Net), the European committee coordinated by the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC).

HAI-Net provides support to Member States to coordinate the European point prevalence survey of healthcare associated infections (HAI) and antimicrobial use in acute care hospitals, the European surveillance of surgical site infections, the European surveillance of HAI in intensive care units and the repeated prevalence surveys of HAI and antimicrobial use in European long-term care facilities.

HAIs are those acquired by patients during their stay in a hospital or other healthcare facilities. Although some of these infections can be treated easily, others may more seriously affect a patient’s health, increasing their stay in the hospital, requiring further surgical intervention or prolonged treatment with antimicrobials.

Professor Reilly accepted her post, which is for three years, last week (April 14) in Stockholm.  

Professor Reilly’s infection prevention research has informed national and European policy and guidance, most recently including a European protocol to validate the ECDC’s methods of standardising and collecting data on the number of people with healthcare associated infections.

Subsequently, Professor Reilly is part of a European training programme across 28 countries to ensure that hospitals collect and report the prevalence of HAIs. This is important as the prevalence data will be used to make policy recommendations for implementation across Europe.

GCU is ranked in the top 20 in the UK for health research at world-leading and internationally excellent standards, according to the recent 2014 Research Excellence Framework (REF) results.