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Rachel Spiers

Rachel Spiers

Surveillance Coordinator

Public Health Agency, Northern Ireland

Surveillance Coordinator at HSC Public Health Agency, Northern Ireland

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Public Health Agency, Northern Ireland

Surveillance Coordinator

I currently Manage the delivery of a GAIN funded project to investigate Candidaemia across Northern Ireland. More recently I have also been given responsibility for the management of the roll out of the Strategy for Tackling Antimicrobial Resistance (STAR) across Northern Ireland.

I am responsible for:

Production of accurate and appropriate data on infection in hospitals and laboratories, in line with audit guidelines, and interpretation/utilisation of these data

Preparation and dissemination of reports to clinical staff,
Infection Prevention and Control teams, Health and Social Care Board, government departments and patient safety officers.

Supporting the implementation of new antimicrobial resistance strategies.

Development of appropriate surveillance and research tools/methods, particularly strategic planning and implementation of surveillance programmes.

Assisting staff in healthcare facilities and primary care settings to monitor candidaemia by facilitating surveillance and thereby supporting risk management, clinical governance and quality programmes

Supporting the development of regional priorities, policies and guidance for candidemia prevention and control and other surveillance programmes.

Assisting in the investigation of outbreaks.

Presenting research findings at relevant seminars, scientific meetings and conferences and contributing to papers for peer reviewed publication.

Providing teaching/training to HSC staff to support the surveillance agenda at seminars, conferences and ad hoc events.

Providing training in surveillance to information officers and other staff in PHA and HSC Trusts in Northern Ireland, especially in the use of web-based software.

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HSC Business Services Organisation

Intern

Queen's University Belfast

Master of Public Health (MPH)

University of Liverpool

BSc (Hons) Tropical Disease Biology

Methodist College Belfast