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Healthcare Associated Infection Policy Unit
Scottish Government
St Andrew’s House
Room GE15
Regent Road
Edinburgh
EH1 3DG
Email: hai@gov.scot
Telephone: 0131 244 5185

SARHAI Commissioning Group - Remit and Terms of Reference

Remit

Aims and Purpose

The role of the Commissioning Group is to:

  • Receive and assess applications for project funding

  • Provide overall decision making to funding applications with delegated responsibility from the Scottish Antimicrobial Resistance and Healthcare Associated Infection Strategy Group (SARHAI SG) to formally approve projects and allocate funding

  • Provide support to allow the Scottish Antimicrobial Resistance and Healthcare Associated Infection Strategy Group to achieve its aims

  • Assist in the provision of a co-ordinated approach for Antimicrobial Resistance and Healthcare Associated Infection across the health and care sector in Scotland

  • Support national and international efforts as appropriate

The overall aim of SARHAI Commissioning Group is to commission projects that assist in the prevention and reduction of infections that are resistant to antimicrobials and that assist in the reduction of Healthcare Associated Infections.

Objectives and Responsibilities

The Scottish Antimicrobial Resistance and Healthcare Associated Infection Commissioning Group 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.

Groups feeding into the Commissioning Group

1. Individual and National Antimicrobial Resistance Programme Boards

2. Individual and National Healthcare Associated Infection Programme Boards

Group Membership
Member Job Title Representing
Rachael Dunk (Chair)

Safe Team Leader and Head of Healthcare Associated Infection Policy Unit

Scottish Government
Abigail Mullings (Co-Chair) Professional Healthcare Associated Infection Adviser Scottish Government
Hazel Borland Nurse Director NHS Ayrshire and Arran
Brian Cook Medical Director NHS Lothian
Gillian Orange Clinical Lead Scottish Microbiology and Virology Network
Alistair Leonard Professional Medical Adviser

Scottish Government and Director  of the Scottish Infection Research Network

Gordon Jamieson Chief Executive NHS Western Isles
Pamela Harrison Infection Control Manager NHS Grampian, ICM network
Guy Fey Policy Manager Scottish Government
Penny Leggat Public Representative Public Partnership Forum
Fraser Tweedie Public Representative Public Partnership Forum
Vacancy Consultant in Public Health Medicine  
Vacancy Facilities Representative  
Quorum

The quorum of the group will consist of, at least six members of the Commissioning Group.

Frequency of meetings, papers and minutes

The Group will meet every three months.

Circulation/distribution lists for meeting details, agendas, papers and action points will be sent to Commissioning 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 minutes drafted within two weeks of meetings and circulated to members for comment.

Secretariat support and expenses

Secretariat Support Provided by:

  • Niall Kieran, Project Manager, NHS National Services Scotland
  • Sarah McColl, Project Support Officer, NHS National Services Scotland
Expenses

Commissioning Group 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:

Review Date

The terms of reference and membership will be reviewed by the Scottish Government's Healthcare Associated Infection Policy Unit on a three yearly cycle.

Conflict of interest

All members of the Board 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.

Confidentiality

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 Board and agreement to these terms of reference, agree to keep such material confidential.