The British Infection Association is keen for its membership to get involved in infection-related research, education programmes, and local or national policy initiatives.
Here are a number of opportunities to "Get involved".
- HBV Survey - The Hepatitis B Special Interest Group (HBV SIG) of the British Association for the Study of the Liver (BASL) is conducting a survey regarding numbers of patients with chronic HBV infection and arrangements for their care in secondary care in the UK. Please complete the survey and send responses to firstname.lastname@example.org
The Clinical services committee for infection is looking for members to represent their region/devolved nation/speciality to attend the quarterly meetings (teleconferencing facilities are available) and take back initiatives for consultation as well as bring ideas from their region/devolved nation/speciality for improving infection services. If you are interested or would like further information on what being a representative involves please contact Dr Natasha Ratnaraja at Natasha.Ratnaraja@uhcw.nhs.uk or Dr Anna Checkley at email@example.com. Currently we are looking for representatives for:
Scotland (in medical microbiology, virology and/or infectious diseases – can be dual specialty)
Infectious Diseases (can be dual speciality).
- BIA Scientific Advisory Committee - this committee is looking for a senior non-academic NHS clinician member (doctor, nurse, pharmacist or other patient-facing specialty) with an interest in research to ensure a clinical perspective. They should be willing to review grant applications up to 4 times a year and help with reviewing abstracts for BIA meetings and FIS, all of which is managed via virtual meetings and by email. The aim is for them to provide a strong clinical perspective so that the research that BIA supports has clear patient benefits and promotes the development of future leaders in clinical infection research. Express your interest by contacting firstname.lastname@example.org with "BIA SAC" in the subject line.
- NITCAR - the National Infection Trainee Collaborative for Audit and Research (NITCAR) is a national network of Infection trainees working together on national projects. They have produced a number of publications and the project currently being recruited to is available on the NITCAR page.
- Consultations - the BIA is frequently asked to provide expert opinion to NHS, governmental, and other bodies. Consultations open to submissions are listed on the consultations page.
- Your next publication - submit your next case report, series or research to one of the BIA journals: Clinical Infection in Practice, and the Journal of Infection.
- LearnInfection - the BIA education resource for trainees is looking for contributors to the question bank and the supporting learning resources. We would welcome trainees and consultants. They should be interested in reviewing and revising existing material as well as developing new content. Please send expressions of interest to Bethany Davies (LearnInfection lead) at email@example.com