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Ebola: call for volunteers to staff laboratories in Sierra Leone

A letter from Sir Mark Walport and Dame Sally Davies has been issued asking for volunteers to help staff three UK-funded diagnostic labs in Sierra Leone. More volunteers are urgently needed. The labs are essential in helping to reduce the time taken to identify, isolate and treat infected patients.


Joint RCPath and BIA Focus Group

A joint focus group has been set up to try to quantify the contribution made by trainees to service delivery. Trainees are asked to complete a short questionnaire on Survey Monkey. Please respond by 16th December.



The independent Diagnostics Advisory Committee considers evidence on the clinical and cost effectiveness of innovative medical diagnostic technologies and formulates recommendations to the NICE Diagnostics Assessment programme on the adoption of medical diagnostic technologies in the NHS. Potential specialist members are being sought to join the NICE Diagnostic Advisory Committee for the evaluation of the proposed diagnostic topic: Sepsis: The LightCycler SeptiFast Test MGRADE (and alternative technologies identified during scoping) for the rapid identification of pathogens. Closing date for applications: 5pm, 10th December 2014


The MRC Centre for Molecular Biology and Infection (CMBI) is offering Fellowships funded by MRC and Imperial College London for clinically qualified professionals (usually at SpR level) with training in microbiology nd/or infectious diseases, or possibly other infection-related specialties, who wish to undertake a PhD. The Fellowship provides and ideal base for those wishing to pursue a career in academic clinical science.


Ebola Preparedness Study

Guy’s and St Thomas’ NHS Trust is seeking to describe the challenges faced, and the resources required, to prepare for Ebola, on behalf of all NHS Trusts. The intention is to contact all trust Ebola leads to request a brief phone interview, but a questionnaire can also be completed online (please click), if preferred. All material will be anonymised and aggregated.

A message from the Chief Medical Officer contains an update on the current outbreak of Ebola virus disease (EBV), and to remind of the need to be vigilant for cases imported to the UK. A full alert is available (click title above) including further information on identifying and managing possible cases of EBV and actions for all clinicians to ensure preparedness for the possibility of an imported case in the UK.


Talk by Professor Robert Colebunders from Antwerp Institute of Tropical Medicine, one of the world’s leading authorities on VHF


The British Medical Association (BMA) awards research grants each year (totalling approximately £500,000) to encourage and further medical research in a variety of areas. One of these grants, the H C Roscoe, funds research into the elimination of the common cold and/or other viral diseases of the human respiratory system. Applications are invited from BMA members or research scientists working with a BMA member. Research proposals and can be for either research in progress or prospective research. The closing date for applications is Monday 9th March 2015


Royal College of Physicians’ survey of members and fellows on assisted dying

The Royal College of Physicians London are currently surveying their members on the topic of assisted dying. If you are a member of the RCP you should have received a communication (either by email or by post) inviting you to respond to the survey. We would encourage you to respond to this survey as it is essential the result is informed by a broad range of physicians from across all specialties.If you have not received details of the survey please contact RCP London on: enquiries@rcplondon.ac.uk or 020 3075 1539.


The Regional Educational Workshops are jointly hosted by BSAC, HIS and BIA. This year’s workshops will focus on improving knowledge of sepsis and aim to help deliver the best care to the patient. Workshops will take place during October-December 2014.

Summer Newsletter 2014

Group A strep genetic study

Upcoming Events

FIS 2014                                              23-26 November                    Harrogate



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Clinicians required for Ebola Treatment Units

Exmed UK Ltd is seeking a large number of clinicians to work in Ebola treatment units and also in 4 hospitals in Sierra Leone, Mali, Guinea and Liberia


Consultant in Infectious Diseases and Acute Medicine

Northwick Park Hospital

London North West Healthcare NHS Trust

Closing date: 22nd November 2014


Locum Consultant in Infectious Diseases/General Medicine

Guy’s & St Thomas’ NHS Foundation Trust

3 months initially; starting asap


WHO/MSF RECRUITMENT INITIATIVE - Ebola Virus Disease (EVD) outbreak