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Reducing HCAIs 2011: Maintaining Patient Safety: Breaking the Cycle of Infection - 21st June 2011

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Reducing HCAIs is a series of Conferences developed by GovToday to target the problem of Healthcare Associated Infections (HCAIs) in the health and social care system, 'infection acquired as a consequence of a person's treatment by a healthcare provider/worker in the course of their duties in hospital, or as a result of medical care delivered in the community'.

With the imminent closure of the HCAI National Programme - which has achieved significant reductions in the life-threatening MRSA and Clostridium Difficile infections - the £20 billion efficiency savings now required across the NHS by 2013, and the considerable upheaval in store with the planned radical repositioning of NHS services, there are very real anxieties regarding maintaining patient safety and reducing HCAIs.

Breaking the cycle of infection whether from the hospital to the community or vice versa, requires firstly, a focus on the importance of clinical leadership in delivering effective services and secondly, on maintaining the high standard of patient-led care. Despite national progress on the reducing HCAIs agenda, common themes of systemic failure in both hospitals and community care organisations remain, whether as a result of a lack of leadership, effective training and/or communication on the ground.

Reducing HCAIs 2011 – Maintaining Patient Safety: Breaking the Cycle of Infection Conference and Exhibition brings together international pioneers of patient safety models and national experts leading the current fight against HCAIs in order to identify new infection threats, whilst analysing and sharing best practice examples of effective management systems, clinical practice, prevention procedures, and the technology solutions for the future.

With radical change once again the order of the day for the health sector, this Conference will provide vital criteria for maintaining patient safety, highlighting the prerequisites necessary for achieving a 'zero tolerance' approach, breaking the cycle of infection across the healthcare economy.


A full programme for the event day including speakers, masterclasses and plenary sessions is available here.

full event programme
latest speakers
  • Professor Barry Cookson Director, Laboratory of Healthcare Associated Infection Health Protection Agency (HPA)

  • Sue Saville Conference Facilitator Journalist & Broadcaster

  • Professor John Oxford Chair, Hygiene Council and Professor of Virology, Retroscreen Virology, Centre for Immunology and Infectious Disease Barts and The London School of Medicine and Dentistry

  • Lord Howe Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for Quality The Department of Health (DH)

  • Rose Gallagher Advisor in Infection Control Royal College Of Nursing

who should attend

We will be inviting delegates to attend from across all areas of the Healthcare Economy, including the following positions:

  • DH Programme Directors
  • NHS Trust Chief Executives
  • Foundation Trust Chief Executives
  • Trust Board Members
  • Directors of Infection Prevention and Control
  • Quality & Clinical Assurance Committee
  • Directors of Clinical Governance
  • Directors of Commissioning
  • Directors of Procurement
  • Directors of Public Health
  • Heads of Facility Management
  • Head of PharmacyDirectors of Anaesthesia
  • Leads on Matching Michigan
  • Infection Control Leads
  • Medical & Clinical Directors
  • Head of Microbiology
  • Modern Matrons
  • Heads of Maternity Services - Midwifery Managers
  • Risk Managers
  • Patient Safety Managers
  • Health Protection Specialis
  • Ambulance Operations Manager for Infection Prevention and Control
  • Clinical Standards & Patient Experience
  • Urology Nurse Specialists
  • Decontamination & Sterile Services Managers
  • Head of Intensive Care Units
  • Tissue Viability Nurses
  • Renal Consultants and Nephrologists
  • Facilities Directors
  • Occupational Therapists


  • Department of Health
  • DH – HCAI Technology Programme
  • NHS Trusts
  • Health Protection Agency
  • Care Quality Commission
  • Foundation Trusts
  • Strategic Health Authorities
  • NHS Innovation & Adoption Hubs
location of venue

The Brewery

Set within it's own private courtyard within the vibrancy of the city, the Brewery traces its heritage back some 250 years.

A Grade II listed building and holder of a City Heritage Award, the Brewery's attitude has always been consistent; to be the best in it's field by offering an unrivalled customer experience.

The stunning setting is matched with a modern attitude and world class technology.

Ensured to keep pace with the changing landscape of live events - the award winning status is evidence of a deep rooted attitude founded over two centuries ago.

Travelling to the Brewery by public transport is quick and easy; situated in the heart of the City within walking distance of several Underground and Mainline train stations.

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