Healthcare Infection Society Strategic Research Grant
HIS welcomes applications for the Strategic Research Grant on the subject of ‘Cost-effective antimicrobial stewardship in the prevention and control of nosocomial infections‘.
Antimicrobial stewardship (AMS) is an organisational or healthcare system approach to promoting and monitoring the judicious use of antimicrobials. It promotes the use of the right antibiotics, at the right dose, route and duration, for the right infection at the right time to improve patient outcome, whilst reducing consequential rises in antibiotic resistance and nosocomial infections.
Infection prevention and control (IPC) is a cornerstone of any robust AMS programme and has been identified as a key element for combatting antimicrobial resistance. IPC not only includes disciplines such as active surveillance, epidemiology, and outbreak investigation but also practical interventions such as hand hygiene, cohorting and environmental decontamination. The combination of AMS and comprehensive IPC have been shown to limit the emergence and transmission of resistant bacteria.
This new grant funding scheme is for an ambitious project using a minimum budget of £500,000 and a maximum budget of £800,000 (the project duration will be a minimum of 3 years up to a maximum of 5 years). This exciting scheme aims to ensure that clinical practice in IPC is consistent with the latest scientific knowledge. Projects should have the potential to significantly improve upon current practices.