Committee

British Society for Antimicrobial Chemotherapy

Founded in 1971, and with 700 members worldwide, the British Society for Antimicrobial Chemotherapy exists to facilitate the acquisition and dissemination of knowledge in the field of antimicrobial chemotherapy.

At the forefront of the antimicrobial chemotherapy field, the Society meets its aims by setting standards for antimicrobial susceptibility testing and use, both within the UK and overseas, supporting microbiologists in their practice, and the promotion and provision of channels through which its Members can ensure their continuing professional development.

The British Infection Association, formed in 2009, has over 1500 members from across the spectrum of clinical and laboratory infection specialists.
The Association 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 and training. Please visit the BIA website to find out more including details of the latest guidelines, current news and information about the BIA Grants & Awards schemes together with the associated application processes.
For further information please visit our website : http://www.britishinfection.org/

Health Infection Society

The Healthcare Infection Society is a membership organisation whose membership is largely comprised of consultant, and trainee consultant, medical microbiologists with a professional interest in the prevention and control of healthcare associated infections (HCAIs).
The Society publishes the Journal of Hospital Infection (JHI) which includes original articles that relate to aspects of infection prevention and control in healthcare settings, national policies and guidelines.
HIS runs a programme of courses, conferences and training days to support healthcare professionals to communicate and learn about the latest developments, fostering collaboration in the field of HCAI. In addition, the Society awards funding to support research projects and career development.

The Microbiology Society is a membership charity for scientists interested in microbes, their effects and their practical uses.

UK Clinical Pharmacy Association

The UKCPA promotes expert practice in medicines management for the benefit of patients, the public and members by establishing standards, workforce development and advancing innovation in all health care settings. The UKCPA encourages excellence, leadership and partnership. Through an affiliation with the Royal Pharmaceutical Society, UKCPA supports delivery of National Training Programmes, a new quality assured training provision infrastructure to meet the needs of post-foundation pharmacy practitioners. The Pharmacy Infection Network (PIN) is a specialist group within UKCPA working on advancing antimicrobial stewardship and infection management. PIN supports education development and delivery and encourages peer discussion and knowledge sharing.

British Paediatric Allergy Immunity & Infection Group

BHIVA is the leading UK association representing professionals in HIV care. Since 1995, we have been committed to providing excellent care for people living with and affected by HIV. BHIVA is a national advisory body on all aspects of HIV care and we provide a national platform for HIV care issues. Our representatives contribute to international, national and local committees dealing with HIV care. In addition, we promote undergraduate, postgraduate and continuing medical education within HIV care.

Welsh Microbiology Association

Founded in 1977, the Welsh Microbiological Association (WMA) aims to advance the study of microbiology in Wales by facilitating education and communication.
Two meetings of high quality and broad appeal are run every year. The meetings include an expansive scientific programme and evening social event that is perfect for networking and discussing new ideas.

The WMA maintains close links with The Scottish Microbiology Association and The Irish Society of Clinical Microbiologists. A tripartite scientific meeting, (“Pan-Celtic meeting”), occurs every two years. The WMA is a founding member of the Federation of Infection Societies (FIS), a member society of the ISC and is an affiliated society of ESCMID.

Central Sterilising Club

The Central Sterilising Club was founded in 1960 by a group of enthusiastic individuals, working to develop rapid, safe methods for sterilising items in bulk, within rapidly evolving central sterile supply departments.
The CSC motto is: “Cleanliness is next to Godliness”
The Club’s informal title belies its high esteem in the healthcare industry but reflects the ease with which it utilises the skills of its multi-disciplinary membership to provide expert opinion across a range of issues relating to decontamination and infection prevention and control.
CSC is the original UK decontamination forum, from which the Institute of Decontamination Sciences was born.
The Club hosts a 2-Day Scientific Meeting, in Spring and an Autumn Study Day, each year. The participants are a friendly mixture of individuals from commercial and non-commercial sectors all working to ensure the provision of quality patient care.These include Microbiologists, Infection Prevention Nurses, Authorising Engineers and Authorised Persons (Decontamination), staff working in sterile services or endoscope decontamination and members (individual and corporate) involved in the manufacture of reusable medical devices or the provision of decontamination equipment and a range of support services.
For additional information, visit our website: www.centralsterilisingclub.org

National Travel Health Network and Centre

NaTHNaC was set up by the Department of Health in 2002 with the broad aim of protecting the health of British travellers. We seek to improve the quality of travel health advice given by GP practices, travel clinics, pharmacies and other healthcare providers, and provide up-to-date and reliable information for the traveller, travel industry and national government.

Society for Anaerobic Microbiology

The Society was founded in 1975 as the Anaerobic Discussion Group and became the
Society for Anaerobic Microbiology in 1989. The purpose of the Society is to advance the study of all aspects of Anaerobic Microbes, including fundamental and applied research and the diagnosis and treatment of infection, by facilitating education and communication. In addition to organising Symposia, the Society is involved in running an annual 2-day residential Practical and Clinical Microbiology of Anaerobes course at the UK Anaerobe Reference Unit, University Hospital Wales, Cardiff.

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