Impact of managing COVID-19

The Healthcare Infection Society is acutely aware of the potential of the impact of COVID-19 on the professional workloads and well-being of IPC specialists.  In light of this, we are adjusting our activities and levels of our communications with members.

Staff Team

The HIS staff team will work from home until further notice.  We can each be reached via our personal email accounts and direct dial numbers, or via admin@his.org.uk.

If you would like to speak to us, please send an email to admin@his.org.uk and we will respond promptly.

Events

All HIS events due to take place between May and July are cancelled.  We are currently reviewing the feasibility of running HIS events between August-December.  Decisions will be made as soon as possible in line with government guidance and the predicted progression of the COVID-19 outbreak.  We are aware that this is an extremely challenging time for all IPC specialists, and that in most cases study leave will be cancelled. In addition, most speakers and convenors are involved in the management of COVID-19.  Those registered for cancelled events will be offered a refund in full.

We are conscious that the content of our courses is even more valuable under the current circumstances, and as such we are considering ways in which we can continue to support the dissemination of evidence-based best practice to the IPC community.

COVID-19 resources

A selection of the latest COVID-19 articles published in our journals and other trusted sources can be found on our Novel coronavirus resources pages.

Journals

We will continue to publish our journals and encourage submissions to the Journal of Hospital Infection and Infection Prevention in Practice.  The Journal of Hospital Infection is now accepting Practice Points on the COVID virus and disease. Submissions should be made online.

The Healthcare Infection Society have signed the Wellcome joint statement pledging to work together with Wellcome, the WHO and related organisations globally to help ensure research findings and data relevant to the COVID-19 outbreak are shared rapidly and openly to inform the public health response. 

Committees and Working Parties

The activities of all HIS Committees and Working Parties has been suspended until further notice.

Grants and funding

Current grant holders who require a no-cost extension should contact Dr Aggie Bak.

Applications for funding will continue to be accepted, but reviews are subject to delay.

 

Support for IPC healthcare workers 

All doctors and trainees can contact the BMA counselling and peer support lines 24/7.  This service is free of charge.  You do not need to be a member of the BMA to use this service.

The CDC have advice for emergency responders in crisis situations

WHO have produced guidance on mental health considerations for specific groups, including healthcare workers and team leaders of care facilities.

The BBC have published advice on how to protect mental health for all affected by the COVID-19 public health crisis.