Aims and Purpose
The role of the Scottish Antimicrobial Resistance and Healthcare Associated Infection Strategy Group (SARHAI SG) is to:
Provide strategic leadership across the Antimicrobial Resistance (AMR) and Healthcare Associated Infection (HAI) agendas in Scotland
Support development and delivery of Scottish Government and Healthcare Associated Infection policy for health and social care in Scotland
Provide a co-ordinated approach for and Healthcare Associated Infection across the health and care sector in Scotland and,
Support national and international efforts as appropriate
The overall aim of SARHAI SG is to prevent and reduce serious infections that are resistant to antimicrobials.
1. Chief Nursing Officer
2. The Health and Social Care Management Board (HSCMB)
3. Scottish Ministers
Objectives and Responsibilities
The Scottish Antimicrobial Resistance and Healthcare Associated Infection Strategy Group (SARHAI SG) oversees and co-ordinates the development and implementation of national strategies and policies for controlling Antimicrobial Resistance and reducing Healthcare Associated Infection by providing advice to the Chief Nursing Officer and Scottish Ministers.
This will be done by:
Informing and influencing the development, policy and best practice for the prevention and control of Antimicrobial Resistance and Healthcare Associated Infection in Scotland
Ensuring the national Antimicrobial Resistance and Healthcare Associated Infection Programme Boards deliver in collaboration with key delivery partners, the actions set out in the annual SARHAI SG delivery plan
Monitoring progress against the annual delivery plan
Overseeing the work of the Project Initiation Document (PID) Group ensuring robust governance and financial processes are adhered to and that PIDs support the outcomes in the national strategy for Antimicrobial Resistance and Healthcare Associated Infection
Leading the strategic development of annual evidence-informed Antimicrobial Resistance and Healthcare Associated Infection business plans and actions from national Antimicrobial Resistance and Healthcare Associated Infection Programme Boards which, should align where relevant with the wider health and care sectors
Ensuring sufficient resources to achieve objectives and outcomes in the annual delivery plan
Supporting NHS Boards and healthcare providers in ensuring that Antimicrobial Resistance and Healthcare Associated Infection policy, education, guidance and best practice is fully adopted, implemented and monitored when relevant
Ensuring effective two-way communication; members of SARHAI Strategy Group representing their respective organisations should, seek views of their organisations/members when requested and to ensure communication of the outcomes of these meetings to their respective organisations/members
Groups feeding into the Scottish Antimicrobial Resistance and Healthcare Associated Infection Strategy Group (SARHAI SG)
- Controlling Antimicrobial Resistance In Scotland (CARS)
- SARHAI Commissioning Group (for PIDs)
- Individual National Antimicrobial Resistance Programme Boards
- Individual National Healthcare Associated Infection Programme Boards
|Member ||Job Title ||Representing |
|Fiona McQueen (Chair) ||Chief Nursing Officer ||Scottish Government |
|Abigail Mullings ||Professional HAI Adviser ||Scottish Government |
|Alistair Leanord ||Professional Medical Adviser ||Scottish Government and Director of the Scottish Infection Research Network |
|Rachael Dunk ||Safe Team Leader and Head of HAI Policy Unit ||Scottish Government |
|Gillian Orange ||Clinical Lead ||Scottish Microbiology and Virology Network |
|Alison Wilson ||Director of Pharmacy, NHS Borders ||Pharmacy Network |
|Gordon Jamieson ||Chief Executive, NHS Western Isles ||NHS Board Chief Executives |
|Dilip Nathwani ||Co-Director of Academic Health Sciences Partnership in Tayside and Hon Prof of Infection, Ninewells Hospital and Medical School || |
Scottish Antimicrobial Prescribing Group
|Robbie Pearson ||Director of Scrutiny and Assurance ||Healthcare Improvement Scotland |
|Jacqui Reilly ||Lead Consultant for HAI and AMR ||Health Protection Scotland |
|Gill Walker ||HAI Programme Director ||NHS Education for Scotland |
|Brian Cook ||Medical Director, NHS Lothian ||NHS Board Medical Directors |
|Hazel Borland ||Executive Nurse Director, NHS Ayrshire and Arran || |
Scottish Executive Nurse Directors
|Pamela Davidson ||Infection Control Nurse || |
Chair of Scottish Branch of Infection Prevention Society
|Penny Leggat ||Public Representative ||Public Partnership Forum |
|Fraser Tweedie ||Public Representative ||Public Partnership Forum |
|Mary Ross-Davie ||Staff Side Representative ||Scottish Partnership Forum |
|Pamela Harrison ||Infection Control Manager, NHS Grampian ||Infection Control Managers Network |
|Keith Morris ||Infection Control Doctor, NHS Fife ||Infection Control Doctors Network |
|Adam Wood ||Senior Infection Control Nurse, NHS Borders ||Infection Control Nurses Network |
|Tom Ferris || |
Deputy Chief Dental Officer
|Scottish Government |
|Femi Oshin ||Consultant in Public Health Policy ||CPHM Representative |
The quorum of the group will consist of, at least eight members of the SARHAI Strategy Group.
Frequency of meetings, papers and minutes
The group met initially approximately every six to eight weeks and from January 2016 will meet quarterly.
Circulation/distribution lists for meeting details, agendas, papers and action points will be sent to SARHAI Strategy Group members, the Healthcare Associated Infection Policy Unit and any personal assistants that members request to be added to the distribution list.
The agenda and papers will be circulated one week prior to meetings and action notes drafted within two weeks of meetings and circulated to members for comment and agreement prior to the next meeting.
Secretariat support and expenses
Secretariat Support Provided by:
- Guy Fey, Policy Manager, HAI Policy Unit, Scottish Government
- Allison Wood, Policy Officer, HAI Policy Unit, Scottish Government
- Stephen Young, Administrative Manager, HAI Policy Unit, Scottish Government
SARHAI SG members from partnership networks and non-NHS Boards attending meetings can be provided with an expenses claim form from the Healthcare Associated Infection Policy Unit. Email:
The terms of reference and membership will be reviewed after one year and then on a three yearly cycle.
Conflict of interest
All members and those asked to comment on work produced by the Group will be asked to declare any conflicts of interest. Any action to be taken on the basis of these declarations will be at the discretion of the Chair.
Records of meetings and the discussions held, decisions and recommendations made, will be kept on file by the Scottish Government and held in their electronic filing storage system in line with their normal policies. This information can be made available to the public and other interested parties in line with current legislation.
The membership may from time to time be asked to consider, discuss or review material that, for reasons such as commercial confidentiality, is required to remain confidential. Members will be clearly notified where material is of this nature and will, by virtue of their membership of the Group and agreement to these terms of reference, agree to keep such material confidential.