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Supporting the provision of OPAT services wherever the clinical need exists

The BSAC OPAT Initiative was established to support the provision of OPAT services wherever the clinical need exists. This site offers a wealth of evidence based and experience based resources that are openly available to all healthcare professionals to inform, guide and support their practice.

The initiative is managed by a Standing Committee that reports to the Council of the British Society for Antimicrobial Chemotherapy:

Ann Chapman, Monklands Hospital, Airdrie
Debbie Cumming, Antimicrobial Pharmacist, St Mary’s Hospital, Isle of Wight
Matthew Dryden, Consultant Microbiologist, Hampshire Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust
Mark Gilchrist, Consultant Pharmacist, Imperial College Healthcare NHS Trust , London (Co-Chair of the BSAC OPAT Initiative)
Tim Hills, Lead Antimicrobial Pharmacist, Nottingham University Hospitals NHS Trust, Nottingham
Graeme Jones, Consultant Microbiologist, University Hospital Southampton NHS Foundation Trust, Southampton
Sue O’Hanlon, IV Nurse, Bridgewater Community Healthcare NHS Trust
Kate Owen, Advanced Nurse Practitioner, Dudley Group of Hospitals NHS Trust, Dudley
Sanjay Patel, Consultant Paediatrician Infectious Diseases and Immunology, Southampton Children’s Hospital
Frances Sanderson, Imperial College Healthcare NHS Trust, London
Andrew Seaton, Consultant in Infectious Diseases, Gartnavel Hospital, Glasgow (Co-Chair of the BSAC OPAT Initiative)
Susan Snape, Consultant Microbiologist, Nottingham University Hospitals NHS Trust, Nottingham

BSAC in context:

Founded in 1971, and with 700 members worldwide, the BRITISH SOCIETY FOR ANTIMICROBIAL CHEMOTHERAPY exists to facilitate the acquisition and dissemination of knowledge in the field of antimicrobial chemotherapy.

At the forefront of the antimicrobial chemotherapy field, the Society meets its aims by setting standards for antimicrobial susceptibility testing and use, supporting service development, measuring antimicrobial consumption and contributing to policy and initiatives concerned with antibiotic research, use and resistance within the UK and overseas, supporting microbiologists in their practice, and the promotion and provision of channels through which its Members and others can ensure their continuing professional development.

The BSAC publishes the Journal of Antimicrobial Chemotherapy (JAC), which is one of the leading journals in the field and is internationally renowned for its scientific excellence.

The Society collaborates with relevant bodies, both nationally and internationally, and currently leads national programmes of surveillance and susceptibility testing to determine the effectiveness of antimicrobial and chemotherapeutic agents.

Through a series of educational and other initiatives, the Society offers advice to government, its membership, the wider medical profession and the public on issues relating to antimicrobial agents, the appropriate and prudent use of antibiotics, and the management of community and hospital-acquired infection(s). In addition, scientific excellence is promoted through the awarding of grants for research.