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The role of the ACB Microbiology Group

The ACB is the professional body for Clinical Microbiologists and the ACB Microbiology Group represents the interests of microbiologists within the ACB.

Clinical Microbiologists are a subgroup of Clinical Scientists, a professional group registered by the Health and Care Professions Council who provide science-based diagnostic, reference and research healthcare services and whose title is protected by law in the UK. In 1984 the Association of Clinical Microbiologists (ACM) was formed to represent Clinical Microbiologists in all professional matters, such as relations with the Department of Health and the Royal College of Pathologists. The ACM established a clear role for Clinical Microbiologists in the health service by producing grading criteria, job descriptions and management roles, and recommend National Assessors when appointing Consultant Clinical Scientists in microbiology. On 1st July 2010 the ACM was dissolved and reformed as a Special Interest Group within the Association for Clinical Biochemistry called the Microbiology Group (ACB MG). Within the ACB an elected Microbiology Professional Committee (MPC) was formed to act on behalf of all Clinical Microbiologists in professional affairs. In this way the ACB MG and its MPC continue the work of the ACM as the professional body for Clinical Microbiologists.

The ACB MPC also provides training schemes and supports qualifications for the registration of Clinical Scientists, and organises scientific meetings and events for all ACB members and the wider scientific community.

For more information on what the committee have been doing, see our Microbiology Group Annual Reports.

Why should I join?

As an ACB MG member you will enjoy several benefits:
  • Access to the approved ACB MPC-organised training scheme for registration with the Health and Care Professions Council as a Clinical Scientist (Route 1 or 3-year route), training manuals and standards.
  • Advice and support from the ACB MPC Education Chairs and Representatives if you are not on a training course but still wish to register as a Clinical Scientist (Route 2 or 6-year route).
  • Access to training curricula for membership of the Royal College of Pathologists by examination (Higher Specialist training).
  • Access to free training events organised by the ACB MPC, such as the annual Training Day for 3 / 6-year route and Higher Specialist trainees.
  • Subsidised fees for award of the Association of Clinical Scientists Certificate of Attainment required for Health and Care Professions Council registration.
  • Free membership of the trade union Federation of Clinical Scientists.
  • Reduced rates for the annual ACB Focus and Spotlight Meetings and other special events.
  • Eligibility for award of bursaries to attend meetings and the chance to win prizes for articles written for the ACB News and offered papers at our scientific meetings.
  • The right to vote at Annual General Meetings and stand for election to the MPC or any other ACB committee, to help shape new developments important to the careers of all Clinical Microbiologists. ACB News, the monthly ACB magazine with general news, meeting reports and situations vacant, now with a new microbiology section.
  • Free Annals of Clinical Biochemistry – the bi-monthly journal of the ACB containing reviews, original articles and case reports; members are encouraged to submit microbiology articles.

The ACB MG – increasing integration with the ACB

Since the Association of Clinical Microbiologists was dissolved on 1st July 2010 and all of its existing members automatically became members of the ACB, the MPC have been working hard to integrate the MG with the existing infrastructure of the ACB. Microbiologists now sit on several committees (including the ACB Council, National Meetings Committee, Education Committee and Publications Committee), are representatives in several ACB regions, work on the ACB News and have presented at regional scientific meetings. In 2011 microbiologists began hosting meetings as part of the highly successful Spotlight meeting series. Since 2008 microbiologists have hosted satellite meetings at the annual ACB Focus meeting and ran parallel sessions at the Focus 2012 Training Day.
We can only continue to do this with your help. Please keep attending the scientific meetings and submitting articles for the ACB News and the Annals of Clinical Biochemistry. Don't forget that any member of the ACB is eligible to stand for election to ACB committees and regions, keep a look out in the ACB News for current vacancies. Please help to ensure that the voice of microbiology in the ACB becomes stronger and stronger.

(This page is maintained by the ACB Microbiology Professional Committee)

Updated 15th September 2015

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