Control of multidrug-resistant micro-organisms in health care settings
The main objective of the course was to strengthen capacity in EU Member States for control of healthcare-associated infections due to multidrug-resistant organisms (MDROs) in acute health care settings and to promote the broadest possible implementation of appropriate methods.
A second objective was to achieve team building between colleagues with similar responsibilities in control of nosocomial spread of MDROs and to share training approaches, knowledge and best practices among participants and expert leaders in the field. Course description.
The programme was delivered in blended format, with pre-course reading and three day residential training course. The complete face to face course had 7 sessions. The pre-programme reading and teaching materials were made available to the participants. This pre-programme learning utilised the expertise of the participants and enhance their experiences within the taught component of the sessions.
The topics covered by the course included:
- Introduction to the programme and consolidation of pre-programme materials (introduction to MDRO education programme, consolidation and review of microbiological and epidemiological perspectives)
- Laboratory Investigations (identification and susceptibility testing, good laboratory practice)
- Antibiotic stewardship (antibiotic policies, measures for improvement of prescribing)
- Infection control (principles and evidence based practice, effective infection control interventions)
- Surveillance of healthcare-associated infections
- Application to practice (application of interventions to control MDROs in health care settings, transparent reporting of outbreaks and interventions)
The programme was cross referenced against the framework for Public Health Competencies (2008) and The European Core Curriculum for Training for Infection Control Practitioners (2008). These consisted of a range of knowledge and competency levels which assimilate senior public health and infection control specialists.
The course was delivered in English and was carried out over three days.
The target audience included health care professionals with current or future responsibility for prevention and control of healthcare-associated infections working at national or sub-national level. Typically, these were mid-career professionals involved in programmes to prevent healthcare-associated infections at hospital level:
- Infection control practitioners/infection preventionists;
- Hospital physicians/specialist physicians;
- Hospital epidemiologists;
- Clinical microbiologists;
- Public health microbiologists.
The participants were experts from EU member states (MS), the three other EEA countries designated by their respective country authorities. All costs incurred by the participants were covered, including travel by public transport and "per diem" for accommodation, meals and incidental expenses, in accordance with the ECDC rules.
ECDC 2019 Winter Workshop 1st edition: The science of using science to support policy making for prevention and control of communicable diseases
6 Feb 2019 to 8 Feb 2019 - The overall aim of this ECDC Winter Workshop is to strengthen capacity in the application of scientific principles and concepts to inform and influence policy making decisions related to the prevention and control of communicable diseases among public health specialists in Member States of the European Union (EU) and of the European Economic Area (EEA).
ECDC Summer School 2018
29 May 2018 to 1 Jun 2018 - The goal of the Summer School is to strengthen the mentoring and technical skills of both ECDC experts and experts within ECDC networks, such as supervisors of the Fellowship programme, by providing an opportunity for networking and scientific exchange.
Course: Methods and tools for evidence-based practice with focus on infectious diseases
21 May 2018 to 24 May 2018 - This course was recommended for public health professionals involved in the planning, development, commissioning and/or approval of scientific outputs like reviews, assessments or guidance in the area of infectious disease epidemiology, prevention and control. Over the four days, the participants were expected to learn the basic skills and competences needed for evidence-based practice.