GCU researchers deliver European HAI epidemiology training

20 October 2015

Glasgow Caledonian University (GCU) researchers are part of a major European training programme across 28 countries to ensure that hospitals correctly inform the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control, an EU agency tasked with identifying, assessing and communicating threats to human health posed by infectious diseases, about prevalence rates of Healthcare Associated Infections (HAIs).

Professor Jacqui Reilly was invited as an expert to deliver and facilitate European training on HAI epidemiology at ECDC this week.

This training involves 76 national HAI experts from 28 countries who will take part in the second Europe-wide point prevalence survey in 2016. In epidemiology, point prevalence is a measure of the proportion of people in a population who have a disease or condition at a particular time. The training overviewed the protocol for the prevalence study and for the validation study each country will do.

The European validation protocol is based on research led by GCU across 10 countries in 2011. GCU research is impacting across all of these countries in the way they will do the PPS methodologically and in the way they are trained as trainers of others.

Professor Jacqui Reilly, Dr Lesley Price and Professor Jon Godwin conducted the first European-wide study to validate the ECDC’s methods of standardising and collecting data on the number of people with HAIs.

The GCU study suggested the point prevalence survey (PPS) was a valid and reliable reporting of HAIs and antimicrobial use, giving the ECDC confidence that there was an accurate picture of the total burden of HAIs and antimicrobial use in European acute care hospitals and providing a solid evidence base for developing European policy and practice in acute hospitals.

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.