Welcome to SURF, England's Healthcare-Associated Infection (HCAI) Service Users
Research Forum (SURF)
In recent years HCAI and antimicrobial resistance
have become a focus of concern for healthcare
providers, professionals, policy makers, patients
and the public alike.
Working against a
backdrop of intense media interest researchers in
the field of infection are increasingly recognising
the need to include lay perspectives if they are to
improve the quality and scope of their research; and
address the concerns and issues important to
patients and the public.
However, unlike many other fields of healthcare, where
service user involvement is well established,
researchers in the field of infection have little or
no experience of involving the public in the
research process. For this reason, the Department of
Health (England) have funded the establishment of HCAI SURF to encourage greater patient and public
involvement in infection research.
SURF's goal is to provide a forum in which
researchers and members of the public can work
together to improve current research and identify
the most important areas for future research.