Infectious Disease Society of America (IDSA) (www.idsociety.org). The leading American society representing healthcare professionals in infectious diseases. Website includes extensive information with useful practical guidelines and links to journals, including Clinical Infectious Diseases.
Infectious Diseases Research Network (IDRN) (www.idrn.org). The Infectious Disease Research Network aims to promote multidisciplinary collaborations, provide multidisciplinary training opportunities, and act as a forum for encouraging high quality infectious disease research. Membership, which is free, gives access to the IDRN researchers database, presentations and reports from IDRN workshops and the IDRN mailing list.
European Society for Clinical Microbiology and Infectious Diseases (ESCMID) (www.escmid.org). ESCMID's objectives are the promotion of training and research in the laboratory and good practice in the clinical management of infection. ESCMID hosts the annual European Congress of Clinical Microbiology and Infectious Diseases (ECCMID).
Microbiology and Antimicrobial Chemotherapy
British Society for Antimicrobial Chemotherapy (BSAC) (www.bsac.org.uk). Has sections on susceptibility testing, surveillance and standards and links to the Journal of Antimicrobial Chemotherapy. Resources include a BSAC Guidelines app. Also links to Antibiotic Action (www.antibiotic-action.com ) which contains information and resources, including podcasts and slide sets, and access to the Antimicrobial Resource Centre.
Society for General Microbiology (www.sgm.ac.uk). Up-to-date microbiology in the news and links to SGM publications: Microbiology, Journal of General Virology, Journal of Medical Microbiology , Journal of Systematic and Evolutionary Microbiology and Microbiology Today, SGM’s quarterly magazine.
HIV Medicine and Sexual Health
British Association for Sexual Health and HIV (BASHH) (www.bashh.org)
Useful information for those training in in GUM/HIV. Also contains extensive guidelines on the management of sexually transmitted infections and a link to the Sexually Transmitted Infection Journal.
British HIV Association (BHIVA) (www.bhiva.org)
The leading association for professionals in HIV care, this website includes guidelines on the treatment of retroviral diseases and also specific guidelines on HIV-related issues. Links to the HIV Medicine journal with free-to-download back issues. Also has a smartphone app giving access to BHIVA opportunistic infections guidelines.
Hospital Infection and Infection Control
The Hospital Infection Society (HIS) (www.his.org.uk)
Aimed at professionals working on prevention and control of healthcare-associated infections. As well as HIS guidelines, there is a comprehensive collection of national and international guidelines and reports produced to support infection prevention and control practice and management. Access to the Journal of Hospital Infection.
Infection Prevention Society (IPS) (www.ips.net.uk)
Infection news in the media, position statements, consultations and Quality Improvement Tools. Link to Journal of Infection Prevention.
British Society for Medical Mycology (BSMM) (www.bsmm.org)
Provides links to various mycology resources including education websites, courses and databases. Members have access to journal ‘Mycoses’.
UK Clinical Virology Network (www.clinicalvirology.org)
Useful section for protocols and national guidelines on all aspects of virology, including blood borne viruses, control of viral infections and management of viral infections in primary care. Also provides a list of all the UK specialist virology centres and their range of services.
Tropical Medicine and Parasitology
The Royal Society of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene (RSTMH) (www.rstmh.org)
London-based society specialising in medicine and international health in the tropics. Organises regular meetings and website provides useful links to other specialised international tropical medicine organisations, societies and institutions. Free access to journals Transactions of the Royal Society for Tropical Health and Hygiene and International Health.
Public Health England (www.gov.uk/government/organisations/public-health-england)
PHE is an executive agency, sponsored by the Department of Health, providing specialist and reference microbiology and epidemiology information. Provides guidelines on laboratory diagnosis as well as other guidance documents relating to infection control in hospital and non-healthcare settings and prevention of infectious disease.
Health Protection Scotland (www.hps.scot.nhs.uk)
Government agency with specialist areas including healthcare associated infections and infection control, antimicrobial resistance monitoring, decontamination, infection control, surveillance of healthcare associated infection programme.
Public Health Wales (www.wales.nhs.uk)
Provides information on infectious disease and surveillance data, healthcare associated infections, microbiology and reference laboratories and antibiotic resistance, as well as publications and guidelines.
Royal Society for Public Health (RSPH) (www.rsph.org.uk)
Provides list of courses and conferences on topics such as hospital hygiene and specific pathogens of public health concern.
International Health Organisations
World Health Organization (WHO) (www.who.int)
Provides useful factsheets on infectious diseases, tropical and non-tropical, as well as updates on disease outbreaks, including the current Ebola outbreak.