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Acronyms in HAI

All Party Parliamentary Group on Antibiotics APPG-A (BSAC)

To raise the profile of antibiotic resistance, the need to preserve antibiotics through education on their appropriate use including non‐human uses, the lack of new treatments for bacterial infections and to help accelerate efforts to discover, research and develop new treatments.

American Society for Microbiology asm

The American Society for Microbiology is the oldest and largest single life science membership organization in the world.   Its mission is to advance the microbiological sciences as a vehicle for understanding life processes and to apply and communicate this knowledge for the improvement of health and environmental and economic well-being worldwide.  To achieve these goals, ASM will:

•Support programs of education, training and public information;
•Publish journals and books; convene meetings, workshops and colloquia;
•Promote the contributions and promise of the microbiological sciences; 
•Recognize achievement and distinction among its practitioners;
•Set standards of ethical and professional behavior.

Antiobiotic Action

Antibiotic Action is an independent UK-led global initiative wholly funded by the British Society for Antimicrobial Chemotherapy (BSAC), which is a UK registered charity.  Antibiotic Action seeks to inform and educate all about the need for discovery, research and development of new antibiotics. It contributes to national and international activities and acts as a conduit through which all stakeholders are educated on the importance of new ways to treat bacterial infections.

Antibiotic Guardian

Antimicrobial Resource Centre (BSAC)

Antimicrobial Stewardship: Managing Antibiotic Resistance

Understand antibiotic resistance, and how antimicrobial stewardship can slow down or reduce it, with this free online course

Association of Medical Research Charities amrc

AMRC is a membership organisation of the leading medical and health research charities in the UK.

Association of the British Pharmaceutical Industry (ABPI)

The trade association for more than 90 companies in the UK producing prescription medicines for human use. Its member companies research, develop, manufacture and supply more than 80 per cent of the medicines prescribed through the National Health Service (NHS).

British Infection Association

In November 2009, the British Infection Society formally merged with the Association of Medical Microbiologists to form a new society of over 1400 members. The merger reinforces the collaborative spirit of infection specialists working together to optimise the diagnosis and management of patients with infection. The society exists to promote the science and practice of medicine in relation to infection, and provides support for all infection specialists whether in the field of clinical practice,  laboratory medicine, public health, research or education. It is also keen to support trainees in the infection specialties, and furthering research in infection.

BMC Infectious Diseases

Published by BioMed Central, BMC Infectious Diseases is an open access journal publishing original peer-reviewed research articles in all aspects of the prevention, diagnosis and management of infectious and sexually transmitted diseases in humans, as well as related molecular genetics, pathophysiology, and epidemiology.

British Society for Antimicrobial Chemotherapy

Aim is to improve the prevention, and treatment of infectious disease and promote the appropriate and effective use of antimicrobial agents through: Education, Research, Promoting evidence based practice, audit and quality improvement measures, Engagement with people and organisations.

British Society for Medical Mycology BSMM

Aims to advance education and promote research in all branches of medical and veterinary mycology, and to disseminate the results of such research for the public benefit.

Central Sterilising Club

· To provide a multidisciplinary forum for the exchange of information.
· To actively participate as an organisation in all aspects of  decontamination and other infection control related issues.
· To encourage acquisition of knowledge and disseminate information on infection control related issues.

Centre for Healthcare Associated Infections

CHAI was launched at the University of Nottingham in January 2007 with a vision to:

•become a recognised Centre of excellence carrying out both high quality basic and translational research programmes with the major pathogens responsible for HAI.
•find additional sources of research funding in what is currently an under-funded research area that will inevitably grow in importance.
•increase the number of researchers working on HAI in the UK.
•act as an independent source of scientific advice and expertise on HAI to a variety of stakeholders including the government, media and the public.
CHAI consists of a multidisciplinary team of researchers from nine schools of the University together with consultant microbiologists and the Infection Control team of Nottingham University Hospitals NHS Trust that allows a unique holistic approach to HAI.

Clinical Research Training for Scotland

Developed by the Wellcome Trust Clinical Research Facility (WTCRF) at the University of Edinburgh, with funds from NHS Education for Scotland (NES), the website includes training courses run by Clinical Research Facilities in Scotland; (Edinburgh, Aberdeen, Inverness, Dundee and Glasgow), NHS Health Boards, R&D centres, Scottish Universities and eventually all clinical research training providers across Scotland.  It aims to provide an accessible, web-based resource providing up to date information of all clinical research training opportunities in Scotland and to use this resource to identify and target areas for new or expanded courses based on research priority and professional, strategic or other needs.

Clinical Trials Toolkit

The Clinical Trials Toolkit was developed in 2004 in a joint project between the Department of Health and the Medical Research Council to document best practice in publicly and charitably-funded clinical trials of medicines. 

Department of Health dhlogo

Healthcare Associated Infections - The tools within the Saving Lives programme provide the framework to support all healthcare staff in delivering high-quality care. They are designed specifically to ensure that services are delivered with minimum variation and designed to make it easy for everyone to do the right thing for patients in every procedure.

DRIVE-AB (Driving reinvestment in research and development and responsible antibiotic use)

A project composed of 16 public and 7 private partners from 12 countries that is funded by the Innovative Medicines Initiative (IMI): IMI is a joint undertaking between the European Union and the European Pharmaceutical Industry Association (EFPIA). It is established to search and provide answers to the following areas that are critical to the future success of healthcare globally:

1 Reducing antimicrobial resistance through responsible antibiotic use
2 Identifying how, through new economic models, to incentivise the discovery and development of new novel antibiotics for use now and in the future.


An interactive resource designed to help science students with advice and assistance on the most important aspects of scientific research.

Enlighten Enlighten

University of Glasgow's institutional repository service and includes published material by members of the University, including peer-reviewed journal articles, published conference papers, books and book chapters.

European Society of Clinical Microbiology and Infectious Diseases (ESCMID)

A non-profit organization whose mission is to improve the diagnosis, treatment and prevention of infection-related diseases. This is achieved by promoting and supporting research, education, training, and good medical practice.

European Society for Translational Medicine (EUSTM)

A global non-profit and neutral platform for the advancement and progress of Translational Medicine field by offering society’s membership, high quality educational programs and events.

FEAT - Fiona Elizabeth Agnew Trust

FEAT is a registered charity which was founded in memory of the late Dr Fiona Agnew to fight sepsis and to carry on her medical work. Established by Craig Stobo, Fiona’s husband, with the support of six of the couple’s friends, FEAT’s main objective is to stop sepsis through funding research into the early detection of the condition and its treatment and also to raise awareness about sepsis more generally.

Guild of Healthcare Pharmacists

The Guild of Healthcare Pharmacists exists to defend the interests of individual employed pharmacists working in hospitals, primary care and other healthcare institutions for both the NHS and commercial healthcare providers throughout the UK.

HCAI Service User Research Forum (SURF) for England HCAI Service User Research Forum

SURF's goal is to provide a forum in which researchers and members of the public can work together to improve current research and identify the most important areas for future research.

Health Protection Scotland

Health Protection Scotland (HPS) was established by the Scottish Executive to strengthen and co-ordinate health protection in Scotland. HPS came into existence on 11 November 2004.  Health Protection Scotland took over the functions of the Scottish Centre for Infection and Environmental Health.

Health Sciences Scotland

Health Science Scotland was formed several years ago (previously called Scottish Academic Health Science Collaboration) as a partnership of medical universities and their associated NHS Health Boards in Scotland to promote excellence in the field of clinical and translational medicine. It is supported by Scottish Enterprise, the main economic development agency for Scotland, including its international development arm – Scotland Development International.

Hospital Infection Society his

The HIS exists to foster the advancement of knowledge and education of all those who have an interest in hospital infection.  Members are creating and disseminating a body of scientific knowledge about the prevention and control of hospital and other healthcare associated infections.

Infection Intelligence Platform

The creation of the first UK Infection Intelligence Platform (IIP) by NHSScotland is an exciting innovation in the prevention and management of infection and confirms Scotland’s position as a world leader in healthcare informatics.

Funded by the Scottish Government Healthcare Associated Infection Task Force, the UK Infection Intelligence Platform will integrate many different strands of electronic infection data in a safe and secure environment, to improve patient outcomes and benefit public health.

Infection Prevention Society (Incorporating the Infection Control Nurses Association)

Promotes the advancement of education in infection prevention and control for the benefit of the community as a whole, in particular by the provision of training courses, accreditation schemes, education materials, meetings and conferences.

Infectious Disease Research Network IDRN

The IDRN was established in 2002 in order to increase the quality, quantity and NHS-relevance of infectious disease research, initially in London but now across the UK, through establishing collaborations between academic institutions and the HPA.

International Federation of Infection Control ific

An umbrella organisation of societies and associations of healthcare professionals in infection control and related fields worldwide.

Involve involve

Involve is a national advisory Group, funded by the National Institute for Health Research, which aims to promote and support active public involvement in NHS, public health and social care research.

Knowledge Network Knowledge Network

The Knowledge Network platform is the national knowledge management platform delivered by the Knowledge Services Group. It encompasses and supersedes the original NHS Scotland e-Library.  It is a national online knowledge service for health and social care. It provides high quality knowledge support for delivery of health and social care.  The Knowledge Network provides:

•A wealth of 12 million information and learning resources from more than 100 providers. These resources are brought together to search through one integrated access point - a kind of “Health and Social Services Google”. This includes collections of articles, books and journals, guidelines, policy documents, resources for patients and service users, evaluated websites and e-learning courses.
•A personal webspace. You can select your own collections of content and features to create your own My Home page on The Knowledge Network. Here you can choose Quick Links, e-Learning, Journals, and many other services. A Feeds Library allows you to choose newsfeeds to help you to keep up to date in your area of interest. The “What is here for me?” section allows you to choose collections of resources defined for different workforce groups and topics. My Resource Space also allows you to save and organize your personal collections of resources and to share them with others via email or tagging.
•Online community tools, accessible through My Community Space, to help groups of health and social services staff and partners to work and learn together. They can create their own community websites and collaborative workspaces to share information and learning resources as well as personal knowledge and experience. My Community Space provides Web 2.0 tools including wikis, blogs, discussion forums, tagging and personal profiles.

National Antimicrobial Stewardship point prevalence survey system

Providing reference data on antimicrobial consumption in hospital settings

National Electronic Library of InfectionNational Electronic Library of Infection

NeLI is a digital library bringing together on-line evidence-based, quality-tagged resources on the investigation, treatment, prevention and control of infectious disease.

National Healthcare Associated Infection Research Network National Healthcare Associated Infection Research Network

Contributes to the strategic development of the national research agenda and supports and manages Department of Health funded HCAI-related research.

NES Education for Scotland

NHS Education for Scotland (NES) helps to provide better patient care by providing educational solutions for workforce development. This is done by designing, commissioning, quality assuring and where appropriate providing education for NHSScotland staff.

NHS Health Scotland

Scotland's Health on the Web. Online health information provided by NHSScotland.

NHS Networks

Is the body responsible for cataloguing, promoting and supporting networks in health and social care across the UK.

NHS Research Authority

The HRA protects and promotes the interests of patients and the public in health and social care research.

Outpatient Parenteral Antimicrobial Therapy Initiative (BSAC)

Established to support the provision of OPAT services wherever the clinical need exists. This site offers a wealth of evidence based and experience based resources that are openly available to all healthcare professionals to inform, guide and support their practice. The initiative is managed by a Standing Committee that reports to the Council of the British Society for Antimicrobial Chemotherapy.

Quality Control for Molecular Diagnostics qcmd logo

Quality Control for Molecular Diagnostics is an international not-for-profit organisation that specialises in the provision of External Quality Assessment programmes for the molecular diagnostics community Worldwide. It is endorsed by the European Society of Clinical Microbiology and Infectious Diseases, and the European Society for Clinical Virology. It works closely with key experts in the design of the EQA panels.

Research Information Network

A policy unit funded by the UK higher education funding councils, the seven research councils and the three national libraries. It aims to:

•enhance and broaden understanding of how researchers in the UK create and use information resources and services of all kinds
•support the development of effective policies and practices for researchers, institutions, funders, information professionals and everyone who is involved in the information landscape.

Richard Wells Research Centre rwr

The Richard Wells Research Centre was established in 1995 to develop research and educational initiatives within the field of caring for patients with HIV disease. Since then, their remit has expanded to incorporate the prevention and care issues associated with infectious diseases in general and healthcare-associated infections (HCAI) in particular.

Royal College of Nursing rcn 140

RCN Scotland campaigns on issues of concern to nurses and patients, influences health policies and promotes excellence in nursing practice on behalf of its members.

Royal College of Physicians of Edinburgh

One of the foremost international providers of medical education and information.  Its principal concern is to develop and oversee an ongoing programme of medical examinations, education and training for qualified doctors who wish to undertake further (postgraduate) education and training to pursue a career in specialist (internal) medicine.

Royal Pharmaceutical Society of Great Britain (RPSGB) rps 140

The professional body for pharmacists and the regulatory body for pharmacists and pharmacy technicians in England, Scotland and Wales. The primary objectives of the Society are to lead, regulate, develop and represent the profession of pharmacy.

Science and Technology Facilities Council stfc

STFC’s Science Programmes are interlinked with universities, national laboratories, international partners, CERN, ESA, ESO, ILL, ESRF and the Diamond Light Source. Through these they promote innovation and routinely engage with industry by either engaging in commercial partnering (through their Business Development Team) or by raising awareness of direct supply opportunities (through their External Innovation Programme).

Their funding schemes, IPS and CLASP, support the flow of technology from STFC-funded research towards commercialisation with innovation partners in academia and industry. The projects they support must be led by an STFC funded research group, either in a university or one of STFC’s laboratories and can be in collaboration with industry. Some schemes are open to all sectors whereas other calls may be focused on providing solutions to particular challenge areas.

They can also help industry and academics to connect through their Innovations Club events and newsletters.

Scottish Health Innovations Ltd SHIL

Scottish Health Innovations Ltd, working with NHS Scotland to bring ideas to life.....

Throughout NHS Scotland people are continually coming up with new ideas for improving patient care. Scottish Health Innovations Ltd (SHIL) works alongside NHS Scotland to protect and develop new innovations that come from health care professionals.

By developing these ideas, SHIL creates new products and technologies that will improve patient care and generate financial income for NHS Scotland.

 SHIL services include:
·         Project management
·         Market research
·         Sourcing of funding
·         Intellectual property protection
·         Sourcing of development partners
·         Spinout set up
·         Advice

Scottish Intercollegiate Guidelines Network (SIGN)

Develops evidence based clinical practice guidelines for the National Health Service in Scotland. SIGN guidelines are derived from a systematic review of the scientific literature and are designed as a vehicle for accelerating the translation of new knowledge into action to meet our aim of reducing variations in practice, and improving patient-important outcomes.

Scottish Management of Antimicrobial Resistance Action Plan

Scottish Microbiology Association sma

To promote clinical and scientific interest in Medical Microbiology in Scotland and to link with other Celtic microbiology associations.


Scottish Patient Safety Research Network spsrn

Established in 2007 to enhance capacity in patient safety research in Scotland, the Network involves multidisciplinary research teams from the three centres studying adverse events in the Scottish healthcare system and examining both organisational and professional methods of improving safety.

Scottish Pharmacy Group

Hosted by the Scottish Pharmacy Board of the Royal Pharmaceutical Society of Great Britain (RPSGB).  Here you'll find all the latest news from the Scottish Pharmacy Board and information about the latest developments in pharmacy in Scotland.  You can also find out what's going on in your local branch area, read about best practice in pharmacy, and share your views with others on the discussion forums.

Scottish Salmonella Shigella and Clostridium difficile Reference Laboratory (SSSCDRL)

Scottish School of Primary Care sspca

Works with researchers in primary care across Scotland to develop programmes of research, increase study recruitment and increase opportunities for higher level research career opportunities.  The prime focus of the SSPC is the conduct of internationally recognised, methodologically rigorous research in primary health care.

Society for Applied Microbiology sfam 140

Works in partnership with sister organisations and microbiological bodies such as The Federation of European Microbiological Societies and the Biosciences Federation to ensure that microbiology and microbiologists are able to exert influence on policy-makers within the UK, in Europe and world-wide.

Society for General Microbiology sgm logo

Objective is to advance the art and science of microbiology and provides a common meeting ground for scientists working in research and in fields with applications in microbiology, including medicine, veterinary medicine, pharmaceuticals, numerous industries, agriculture, food, the environment and education.

Society for Healthcare Epidemiology of America

Organized foster the development and application of the science of healthcare epidemiology. It focuses on a variety of disciplines and activities directed at preventing and controlling infections and adverse outcomes and enhancing the quality-of-care.

Technology Strategy Board - HealthTech and Medicines, Knowledge Transfer Network

Useful to keep up to date with events in specific fields of activity as well as being excellent networks to make industrial contacts.

United Kingdom Clinical Pharmacy Association

Aims to provide education and training and network support for pharmacists involved with the prevention and treatment of infection.

UKCRC Experimental Medicine Resources 

Provides an optimum entry point for industry and academic investigators seeking information about experimental medicine in the UK and contains up-to-date information on over 50 major experimental medicine facilities with details of expertise, resources, techniques and technologies.

UKCRC Registered Clinical Trials Units

The aim of this website is to act as a central showcase for all UKCRC Registered Clinical Trials Units, providing an optimum entry point for potential collaborators, both in academia and industry, to gain insight and obtain up-to-date information on the research experience and availability of these Units.

The objectives of this website are to facilitate links between UKCRC Registered Clinical Trials Units and: 

•Academic and NHS researchers
•Funders of clinical research
•Healthcare industry

UK Clinical Virology Network cvn

Provides a full range of virology tests to users and their research and development team are continuously updating and introducing new assays. In addition, are part of The Scottish National Blood Borne Virus Specialist Testing Service which provides specialist testing for blood borne viruses for Scotland, and are responsible for testing respiratory specimens for national surveillance purposes.

University of Aberdeen Patient Safety Research Group

Co-ordinates research and teaching activities designed to improve the standard of safety for patients in health care systems.

Wellcome Trust Clinical Research Facilities

Providing state-of-the-art facilities for investigators undertaking Clinical Research and include clinical, laboratory and specialised technical support.  Courses and events.