The Infection Prevention Society’s annual conference, taking place between 29th September and 1st October at the SECC in Glasgow, is expected to attract over 1,000 infection prevention and control professionals.

Chaired by Professor Heather Loveday, IPS Vice President, Professor Reilly will join a panel to discuss research taking place at the university and beyond.

Healthcare Associated Infections (HAI) can be an unintended consequence of healthcare delivery. They are caused by a range of organisms, which are frequently resistant to antibiotics, but are often preventable. Research led by the university has reduced avoidable infections in healthcare in the UK and Europe by stimulating policy debate and investment in new healthcare practice and influencing policy decisions, evidence guidelines, and educational practices.

Glasgow Caledonian University is currently conducting research in areas including antimicrobial resistance and evidencing the six-step hand hygiene technique used by healthcare workers. HAI group research was also at the centre of a recent community engagement initiative which united a large number of organisations under the Glasgow City of Science banner to promote hand-hygiene, the best intervention to avoid colds, flu and other viruses, and the first line of defence against the spread of many infections in healthcare settings.

Student nurses, Health Protection Scotland, the NHS and around 5,400 pupils from 62 schools across Glasgow were part of an attempt to set the world record for the biggest hand-hygiene class ever held.


Glasgow Caledonian University: ‘Presenting Scotland’s Infection Prevention and Control research priorities’

Infection Protection Society – Annual Conference 2014