Applied Infection Prevention & Control

The applied infection protection and control Team for existing, re-emerging and emergent HAI have, in the past performed ground breaking research into some of our basic infection control interventions, such as hand hygiene, and how one method is superior to a slightly quicker and less robust method of removing organisms from the hands. This work has informed World Health Organisation policy.

This team has continued this work in the current year working on:

  • Economic Modelling of Infection Prevention and Control Measures
  • ChaiN for SHAIPI (public involvement)
  • Behavioural Insights – Year 1: Systematic Review
  • Behavioural Insights - Year 1: Pets & Vets
  • Behavioural Insights – Year 2: BEAMS
  • Behavioural Insights – Year 2: Expert Opinion
  • Behavioural Insights – Year 2: LAMS
  • Behavioural Insights – Year 2: Orkney
  • Exploring Maltese women’s experiences of urinary tract infection: a qualitative study
  • The Effect of Fake Tan on Hand Hygiene Practice
  • Investigating the effect of preparation for and participation in a hand sanitizing relay on nursing students’ ability to recall the WHO six-step hand hygiene technique
  • Factors affecting the implementation and acceptability of hospital screening policies for antimicrobial resistant organisms: a mixed methods study of staff and public perceptions (The AMR-BESH study).
  • Re-envisaging Infection Practice Ecologies in Nursing (RIPEN) through Arts and Humanities Approaches
  • Strategies for Optimising Healthcare Associated Infection Prevention (The SOhaiP Study)
  • International validation of HAI (VAHAI) PPS
  • Why compliance with hand hygiene technique is less than optimal (Y65%)?
  • Evaluation of Cost of Nosocomial Infection (ECONI)
  • Investigating and identifying the facilitators and barriers to rapid diagnostic testing from the perspective of healthcare professionals and patients, using the theoretical domains framework.
  • Deconstructing the effectiveness of World Health Organization’s six-step technique for healthcare staff using alcohol based handrubs
  • A comparative study on the epidemiology and cost of E. coli healthcare associated infection (HAI) caused by antibiotic resistant bacteria compared with antibiotic sensitive bacteria
  • Glove use and hand hygiene
  • Factors associated with nurse independent prescribers’ antimicrobial prescribing practice: an exploratory study
  • World Health Organization’s Systematic Review of National IPC Intervention
  • Feasibility and Acceptability of an Intervention(s) to Enhance Antimicrobial Stewardship (AMS) in Hospitals
  • Patient experience of isolation for infection prevention in today’s NHS: a qualitative study
  • An evaluation of national implementation processes of the World Health Organisation’s Infection Prevention and Control Core Component Guidelines in Brazil and Scotland.
  • Understanding the implementation process of infection prevention and control (IPC) guidance at health facility level in Uganda
  • Reduction of pharmaceuticals in the water environment: Baseline assessment and recommendations.
  • PRAISE.
  • ‘Providing a Roadmap for Automated Infection Surveillance in Europe’.
  • NEWIS: National health care infrastructures, health care utilization and patient movements between hospitals: Networks working to improve surveillance.

All activities planned in last year’s SHAIPI annual report have been completed. In addition the Team have:

  • Submitted the first collaboration grant with Professor Alison Holmes from Imperial College London.
  • Organised and attended a workshop with two independent Consultants for the Research Programme Leads to discuss a strategy for enhancing external funding for international research studies.
  • Initiated a research collaboration with the Infection Control Africa Network which has been successful in a collaborative bid to secure funding to support the research costs of a SHAIPI funded PhD student.
  • Presented the innovative work of the research group on public engagement to the Presidential Advisory Committee on Combatting Antibacterial Resistance.
  • Been invited to and attended an expert meeting on hand hygiene at the World Health Organization. This has resulted in an invitation for one of the PhD students to update a literature review along with colleagues from the University Hospital of Geneva, and to work in collaboration with colleagues from the University of Basel.
  • Recruited three new members to the group as two SHAIPI researchers left the research group, with the experience they had gained in the group enabling them to apply for a post that gave them promotion.
  • Achieved first prize in the HandInScan Hand Hygiene Day Competition.
  • Contributed to the Early Career SHAIPI meetings in May and November.
  • Conducted public engagement activities with members of the public about healthcare-associate infection and antimicrobial resistance at the Glasgow Science festival and Cadder Primary School, Glasgow.
  • A PhD who was shortlisted for the GCU Lindsay Leadership award 2018-2019 and GCU Student of the Year award 2018-19.
  • Three PhD students who have been invited to MRF National PhD Training Programme in AMR Annual Conference, Bristol 12-13 August 2019.