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The Scottish Antimicrobial Resistance and Healthcare Associated Infection (SARHAI) Strategy Group

Objectives and Responsibilities

The Scottish Antimicrobial Resistance and Healthcare Associated Infection (SARHAI) Strategy Group is chaired by Scotland's Chief Nursing Officer (CNO), Fiona McQueen. The Group oversees and co-ordinates the development and implementation of national strategies and policies for controlling Antimicrobial Resistance (AMR) and reducing Healthcare Associated Infection (HAI) by providing advice to the Chief Nursing Officer, the Health and Social Care Management Board, 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 SARHAI Commissioning Group ensuring robust governance and financial processes are adhered to and that projects that require funding 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 SG representing their respective organisations should, seek views of their representative organisations/members when requested and to ensure communication of the outcomes of SARHAI meetings to their respective organisations/members

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The Scottish Antimicrobial Resistance and Healthcare Associated Infection (SARHAI) Commissioning Group

The Scottish Antimicrobial Resistance and Healthcare Associated Infection Commissioning Group is chaired by HAI Policy Unit Team Lead, Rachael Dunk, and oversees and co-ordinates the allocation of funding for projects to assist with national strategies and policies for controlling Antimicrobial Resistance and reducing Healthcare Associated Infection.

The Commissioning Group has the delegated responsibility from the SARHAI SG to formally approve projects and allocate funding.

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