The British Infection Association has arisen from the fusion of the British Infection Society and the Association of Medical Microbiologists. These organisations have come together to enhance the prevention, management, and control of infection and to improve professional representation on national bodies formulating policy about training, continuing professional development and delivering health care in the field of infection.
• To provide expert opinions and represent the views of specialists in infection to anybody seeking advice relevant to infection or infection professionals. Groups who might be expected to consult The British Infection Association include, but are not limited to, the Department of Health and similar bodies in the devolved governments, the Royal Colleges, NICE, statutory medical bodies, House of Lords select committees and other professional bodies, including the professional media. Provision of advice to the general public on personal or individual medical conditions is outside the remit of the Association.
• To set and review standards in infection practice including the development of guidelines, working in collaboration where appropriate.
• To support members of the Association in the performance of their professional duties
• To develop and provide education and training in infection for all and in particular to support training grades.
• To foster excellence in all aspects of infection-related research.
• To support all aspects of communication between different branches of infection medicine and to work towards the development of an integrated voice for infection specialists.
• To provide a public face for infection and represent infection opinions to the general public and to patients.
To work to ensure optimal delivery of healhcare to patients diagnosed with infection through:
- Representing the views of infection specialists, and providing expert opinion on infection-related matters, to external agencies, patients and the wider public
- Setting and reviewing standards in infection practice, including the development of guidelines
- Supporting infection specialists within their daily work, through facilitating communication and providing useful resources
- Education and Training
- Infection-related research
- Collaboration with other infection-related specialist groups
In order to endorse meetings, events and publications, BIA would look for requesting bodies to be in line with and supporting the aims of the association