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Water Microbiology Meeting, July 2018

Environment Network meeting on "The role water and water borne organisms play in healthcare associated infection: what organisms are a problem and how do we control them?"

The Environment Network is a group for professionals interested in the role of the environment in transmission of infection within healthcare settings.
This event is a chance to: network, discuss clinical scenarios and learn from experts in the field.
The morning will consist of presentations focussing on water borne organisms, the infections they cause, detection and methods of control.
The afternoon will contain scenario based discussions and an opportunity to network and discuss real life issues affecting your Trusts.
Registration costs £25.00 and will be used to support the costs associated with the event.  Refreshments and lunch will be provided.  In response to previous member requests this year’s meeting will be held in Birmingham to provide a central location.

Date: Monday 2nd July 2018 (first talk at 11am)
Location: The Studio, 7 Cannon Street, Birmigham, B2 5EP

click here to register.

Microbiology Meeting at Focus 2018

Members of the Microbiology Professional Committee have put together an excellent programme of talks for our Annual Scientific Meeting, which will run in parallel with the Training Day at ACB Focus in Manchester. The day will include talks on a wide variety of issues around respiratory infections, and will take place on Wednesday 6th June, 10am to 5pm. The programme is available here and the registration page is here.

ACB Microbiology Scientific Meeting - 10th November 2016

The theme this year is "Infections in migrants and travellers: the exotic, the unusual and the everyday". This is sure to be a fascinating meeting so save the date in your diaries. More detailed information including the programme and registration details will be made available on the National Meetings page in due course.

Dates for your diaries

There will be a Virology Training Day at the Royal College of Pathologists in London on Friday 16th January 2015, providing Consultant-led interactive teaching in Medical Virology. The programme is available here. You can register, with reduced rates for trainees, at the Royal College of Pathologists website.

The dates have been announced for the 9th European Meeting on Molecular Diagnostics in The Netherlands. The meeting will be covering the full spectrum of Human Molecular Diagnostics with a strong emphasis on new technological developments and novel clinical applications, and will be on 14th to 16th October 2015. Keep an eye on their website for further details as they become available.

Medical Editor Required for SMIs

Public Health England are seeking applications from the membership of The Association for Clinical Biochemistry and Laboratory Medicine - Microbiology Group. Due to the considerable workload a second medical editor is required to edit UK Standards for Microbiology Investigations (SMIs) for bacteriology.  SMIs are a comprehensive referenced collection of recommended algorithms and procedures for clinical microbiology and bacteriology.  The documents are developed in line with the Appraisal of Guidelines Research & Evaluation (AGREE) instrument used for NICE accreditation.

Background information is available at Click for the Advert for SMI medical editors ACBLM and the Job Description for SMI medical editors. Applications should be submitted to by the 8th July 2014 and should include a covering letter and curriculum vitae.

HSST/FRCPath Trainees

The MPC are keen to know about any members undertaking FRCPath training outside of an HSST post, or “In Service HSST” training. Please inform the ACB Office if this applies to you.

HCPC Consultation on Standards of Proficiency for Clinical Scientists

The Health Professions Council is consulting on proposed changes to the profession-specific standards of proficiency for Clinical Scientists.

The standards of proficiency explain the key obligations that the HCPC expects of registered Clinical Scientists, and this review is an opportunity for them to ensure the standards are relevant. You can have your say by taking part in an online survey on the HCPC website:

Infectious Disease Research Network Student Placement Programme

In this successful scheme, the IDRN acts as a free match-making facility between talented and committed students and institutions in the United Kingdom, by allocating volunteers to infection-related research projects. Researchers looking for extra help on a study, with projects ranging from literature reviews to database work to basic laboratory skills, send details to the IDRN. At the same time, students looking for a work placement in a research institution register their interests and requirements. The IDRN then match the project to the student!

For more information and to register your interest see the IDRN

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