The Future of Infection Control

This event will examine the latest in effective infection control, look at the present threats to patients and examine how innovative techniques are being harnessed to combat the spread of infections in a variety of health and social care settings.

Infection control is not a concern reserved for healthcare professionals, but for everyone

Infection can have a detrimental and potentially life-threatening impact on the health and wellbeing of patients, and is equally important in community and clinical settings and ensuring a consistency of delivery of care is paramount.

The Scottish Government are committed to placing infection control at the heart of health and social care services, and have many frameworks and campaigns to aid this, including: the AMR/HAI 5 Year Strategic Framework; Healthcare Associated Infection LDP Standards; and the new Sepsis Awareness campaign which began in February 2018. However, it is down to health and social care services to ensure that they are delivering safe, sustainable and quality patient care, and with antibiotics failing to work for a fifth of patients who suffer an infection the importance of maintaining effective infection control standards has never been more important. 

Join Holyrood on 27 September as we examine the next steps for infection control in Scotland. We will bring together expert speakers who will reflect on three key areas; creating ‘safe’ environments, preventing rather than containing infection control and how staff can communicate more effectively to ensure that patient safety is the top priority.

Key issues we’ll examine with you

  • An up-to-date understanding of the latest policy surrounding infection control
  • Examining infection control in different environments; in care, at home, clinical and for children and young people, and understanding how this intersects with multi-agency and multidisciplinary roles, and time pressures on staff
  • Delivering consistency across health and social care services to ensure patient safety; considering the implications for patient safety
  • Tackling antimicrobial resistance; understanding the Third National Delivery Plan
  • The role of patients and carers; how equipment is kept sterilised in the home, and the impact of non-medical staff visiting the home

Confirmed speakers 

  • Professor Hugh Pennington CBE, Emeritus Professor of Bacteriology, University of Aberdeen
  • Dr Sulisti Holmes, Head of Decontamination and Incident Reporting Investigation Centre, Health Facilities Scotland 
  • Professor Alistair Leonard,  HAI Medical Advisor, Scottish Government. 
  • Professor Kay Currie, Professor of Nursing and Applied Science Research, Glasgow Caledonian University

Who should attend?

This event will be relevant to those who are responsible for ensuring that infection prevention and control is managed and facilitated effectively, including:

  • Clinical directors
  • Health service managers
  • Infection prevention and control professionals
  • Nursing and medical staff


09:30   Registration and Refreshments

10:00   Welcome and Introduction from Chair

10:05   Session 1: The Future of Infection Control

  • The threat of AMR; where are we with the AMR/HAI 5 Year Strategic Framework and examining the Third National Delivery Plan
  • Training your staff to ensure compliance with infection prevention and control standards and improving communication between all integrated services

11:00   Questions and Discussion

11:20   Refreshments and Networking

11:40   Session 1: Current Challenges for Infection Control in Scotland

  • Current infection control strategy and policy in Scotland and what this means for your organisation.
  • Examining the educational tools for infection prevention and control; lessons to be learnt from the staged pathway and understanding that there is no 'one size fits all' approach
  • Next steps for infection control and reflecting on recent challenges​

12:20   Questions and Discussion

12:50   Lunch and Networking

13:45   Session 3: Improving Infection Control in the Community

  • How community services can ensure thorough infection control and prevention
  • Understanding how your organisation can ensure consistency across health and social care services
  • Recognising that ‘one size’ does not fit all
  • Transportation and disposal of equipment used in the home, and the impact of non-medical staff in the home
  • Time pressures on staff in multi-disciplinary and multi-agency roles

14:50   Questions and Discussion

15:20   Closing Remarks from Chair

15:30   Close of Event

*Agenda subject to change


Central Edinburgh, venue to be confirmed in due course.


Delegate rates (excluding VAT):
Reduced rate: 1 place £145 + VAT (Voluntary / charitable organisations with an annual income of less than £1m)
Standard rate: 1 place £245 + VAT | 2+ places £195 + VAT per place (Central government departments and agencies, local authorities, universities, colleges, NHS, police, professional associations and voluntary / charitable organisations with an annual income over £1m)
Private Sector rate: 1 place £295 + VAT | 2+ places £245 + VAT per place (Commercial organisations e.g. plc, Ltd, LLP)
For all event enquiries please email or call 0131 285 1635
27 September 2018



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