Committee on Antimicrobial Resistance and
Committee on Antimicrobial Resistance and Healthcare
Associated Infection (ARHAI) was established in April 2007
to provide practical and scientific advice to the Government
on strategies to minimise the incidence of healthcare
associated infections and to maintain the effectiveness of
antimicrobial agents in the treatment and prevention of
microbial infections in man and animals. In making
recommendations, the committee will take into account the
relevant work of other expert groups in the human and
Society for Antimicrobial Chemotherapy
The British Society for Antimicrobial Chemotherapy
exists to facilitate the acquisition and dissemination of
knowledge in the field of antimicrobial chemotherapy.
The epic initiative
was established in 1998 by the Richard Wells Research Centre
at Thames Valley University as an overlapping series of
long-term government commissioned research projects focused
on contributing to the development of the evidence base
which underpins the practice of infection prevention and
control in the National Health Service (NHS).
The Fleming Forum web site provides a platform for the
exchange of ideas and information between clinicians,
scientists and nurses in the areas of Microbiology,
Immunology, Infection Control and Virology.
Protection Agency (HPA)
The Health Protection Agency (HPA) is an independent body
that protects the health and well-being of the population.
The Agency plays a critical role in protecting people from
infectious diseases and in preventing harm when hazards
involving chemicals, poisons or radiation occur.
Infection Society (HIS)
The Hospital Infection
Society (HIS) exists to foster the advancement of knowledge and
education of all those who have an interest in the important
field of hospital infection.
The Infection Prevention Society exists to promote the advancement of education in infection prevention and control for the benefit of the community as a whole, in particular by the provision of training courses, accreditation schemes, education materials, meetings and conferences.
Disease Research Network (IDRN)
The Infectious Disease
Research Network (IDRN) was established in 2002 in order to increase the
quality, quantity and NHS-relevance of infectious disease
research, initially in London but now across the UK, through
establishing collaborations between academic institutions
and the HPA.
Involve is a national advisory Group, funded by the National
Institute for Health Research, which aims to promote and
support active public involvement in NHS, public health and
social care research.
HCAI Research Network
The Network aims to act as a
forum for encouraging high quality HCAI research to provide the best available evidence for
practice and which effectively responds to the challenge of
reducing HCAI throughout the National Health Service (NHS).
Institute for Health Research
The National Institute for Health Research provides a key
mechanism through which the Department of Health will
deliver the new R&D strategy set out in 'Best Research for
Best Health'. The R&D strategy outlines the direction that
NHS research will take to build a vibrant and world-class
research environment in England.
Research Ethics Service (NRES)
National Research Ethics Service (NRES) facilitates
ethical research which is of potential benefit to
participants, science and society.
Research Register (NRR)
The National Research Register (NRR) is a database of
ongoing and recently completed research projects funded by,
or of interest to, the United Kingdom's National Health
Resource for Infection Control (NRIC)
The National Resource for
Infection Control (NRIC) is a digital library bringing
together the best available on-line evidence-based,
quality-tagged resources on infection control and
prevention. NRIC is currently funded by the Department of
Health and is hosted by the National electronic Library of
Providing the latest health related research funding
Direct access to information on health-related funding
The Research Governance Framework for health and social care
defines the broad principles of good research governance and
is key to ensuring that health and social care research is
conducted to high scientific and ethical standards.
Wells Research Centre (RWR)
The Richard Wells Research
Centre (RWR) was established in 1995 to develop research and
educational initiatives within the field of caring for
patients with HIV disease. Since then, their remit has
expanded to incorporate the prevention and care issues
associated with infectious diseases in general and
healthcare-associated infections (HCAI) in particular.
Infection Research Network (SIRN)
The Scottish Infection
Research Network (SIRN) - funded by Health Protection
Scotland and established to improve the quality and quantity
of research into healthcare-related infections in Scotland.