Infectious Disease Society of America (IDSA) (www.idsociety.org). The leading American society representing healthcare professionals in infectious diseases. Website includes extensive information with useful practical guidelines and links to journals, including Clinical Infectious Diseases.
European Society for Clinical Microbiology and Infectious Diseases (ESCMID) (www.escmid.org). ESCMID's objectives are the promotion of training and research in the laboratory and good practice in the clinical management of infection. ESCMID hosts the annual European Congress of Clinical Microbiology and Infectious Diseases (ECCMID).
Microbiology and Antimicrobial Chemotherapy
British Society for Antimicrobial Chemotherapy (BSAC) (www.bsac.org.uk). Has sections on susceptibility testing, surveillance and standards and links to the Journal of Antimicrobial Chemotherapy. Resources include a BSAC Guidelines app. Also links to Antibiotic Action (www.antibiotic-action.com ) which contains information and resources, including podcasts and slide sets, and access to the Antimicrobial Resource Centre.
Microbiology Society (microbiologysociety.org). Up-to-date microbiology in the news and links to Microbiology Society publications: Microbiology, Journal of General Virology, Journal of Medical Microbiology , Journal of Systematic and Evolutionary Microbiology and Microbiology Today, Microbiology Society’s quarterly magazine.
HIV Medicine and Sexual Health
British Association for Sexual Health and HIV (BASHH) (www.bashh.org)
Useful information for those training in in GUM/HIV. Also contains extensive guidelines on the management of sexually transmitted infections and a link to the Sexually Transmitted Infection Journal.
British HIV Association (BHIVA) (www.bhiva.org)
The leading association for professionals in HIV care, this website includes guidelines on the treatment of retroviral diseases and also specific guidelines on HIV-related issues. Links to the HIV Medicine journal with free-to-download back issues. Also has a smartphone app giving access to BHIVA opportunistic infections guidelines.
Hospital Infection and Infection Control
Healthcare Infection Society (HIS) (www.his.org.uk)
Aimed at professionals working on prevention and control of healthcare-associated infections. As well as HIS guidelines, there is a comprehensive collection of national and international guidelines and reports produced to support infection prevention and control practice and management. Access to the Journal of Hospital Infection.
Infection Prevention Society (IPS) (https://www.ips.uk.net/)
Infection news in the media, position statements, consultations and Quality Improvement Tools. Link to Journal of Infection Prevention.
British Society for Medical Mycology (BSMM) (www.bsmm.org)
Provides links to various mycology resources including education websites, courses and databases. Members have access to journal ‘Mycoses’.
British Thoracic Society (www.brit-thoracic.org.uk)
The MDR-TB Clinical Advice Service is a resource for clinicians treating patients who have MDR-TB. Data collected through the MDR-TB Clinical Advice Service is used to provide robust clinical advice on a case by case basis.
BTS has redeveloped and improved its MDR-TB Clinical Advice Service, by which advice and support is given to clinicians who encounter MDR-TB and wish to receive advice about treatment. Support from Public Health England and NHS England is gratefully acknowledged.
The new UK-wide online service is now available. If you are a clinician who would like to make use of this service for expert advice from a multi-disciplinary panel of formally appointed expert Clinical Service Advisers, please register using the link below.
- Click here to access the new MDR-TB Clinical Advice Service website
Tropical Medicine and Parasitology
The Royal Society of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene (RSTMH) (www.rstmh.org)
London-based society specialising in medicine and international health in the tropics. Organises regular meetings and website provides useful links to other specialised international tropical medicine organisations, societies and institutions. Free access to journals Transactions of the Royal Society for Tropical Health and Hygiene and International Health.
UK Clinical Virology Network (www.clinicalvirology.org)
Useful section for protocols and national guidelines on all aspects of virology, including blood borne viruses, control of viral infections and management of viral infections in primary care. Also provides a list of all the UK specialist virology centres and their range of services.
Public Health England (www.gov.uk/government/organisations/public-health-england)
PHE is an executive agency, sponsored by the Department of Health, providing specialist and reference microbiology and epidemiology information. Provides guidelines on laboratory diagnosis as well as other guidance documents relating to infection control in hospital and non-healthcare settings and prevention of infectious disease.
Health Protection Scotland (www.hps.scot.nhs.uk)
Government agency with specialist areas including healthcare associated infections and infection control, antimicrobial resistance monitoring, decontamination, infection control, surveillance of healthcare associated infection programme.
Public Health Wales (www.wales.nhs.uk)
Provides information on infectious disease and surveillance data, healthcare associated infections, microbiology and reference laboratories and antibiotic resistance, as well as publications and guidelines.
Royal Society for Public Health (RSPH) (www.rsph.org.uk)
Provides list of courses and conferences on topics such as hospital hygiene and specific pathogens of public health concern.
International Health Organisations
Program for Monitoring Emerging Diseases (https://promedmail.org/ also known as ProMED-mail, abbreviated ProMED) is among the largest publicly available emerging diseases and outbreak reporting systems in the world. It is run by the International Society for Infectious Diseases. The central purpose of ProMED is to promote communication amongst the international infectious disease community, including scientists, physicians, veterinarians, epidemiologists, public health professionals, and others interested in infectious diseases on a global scale
World Health Organization (WHO) (www.who.int)
Provides useful factsheets on infectious diseases, tropical and non-tropical, as well as updates on disease outbreaks, including the current Ebola outbreak.