In 2012, the Chief Medical Officer for England published the first ever 5 Year Antimicrobial Resistance Strategy. A UK High Level Steering Group followed, which acts as the system steward, providing challenge and ensuring all recommendations are enacted. Public Health …
Susie’s’ career in the health service spans over 30 years, after qualifying she initially specialised in orthopaedics and trauma at the Royal National Orthopaedic Hospital and was a senior sister at the Homerton Hospital in London. She moved into the field of Infection prevention and control in the 1990’s and undertook further qualifications in Infection Control and HIV and AIDs management at St Bartholomew’s Hospital where she worked as an infection prevention and control specialist.
Roles as a Practice development advisor and Infection Control Manager within a District Health Authority gave Susie experience within both an acute trust setting and community care organisations covering rural and urban areas and enabled experiences and skills to be gained in implementing policy into practice in a variety of settings.
Her career in Public Health and Health protection commenced in 1998 when she joined a small team within the Public Health Department of Derbyshire Health Authority. During this period she acted up into a non-medical consultant role, due to the retirement of the consultant in communicable Diseases. This role allowed her to contribute to the wider Public health agenda including the rolling out of the Men C vaccine programme, control of Foot and Mouth disease in the rural area of the Peak district, numerous chemical fires, contaminated land incidents and meningitis and TB outbreaks as well as leadership and commissioning experiences.
Susie transferred into the HPA in 2003 and was the Senior Nurse Consultant taking .lead roles in professional development for non-medical practitioners, recruitment and retention, TB, Emergency planning and HCAI across a geographical patch and organising the nurses’ contribution to out of hours and the acute duty remit. She also completed a MSc in Health Protection during this period basing, her dissertation on barriers to implementing evidence based practice in primary care.
Her current role is as a national lead for Health care associated infection and Infection Prevention and Control for the Operations Directorate within PHE with a remit of providing national advice on IPC and HCAI and assisting in translating strategy into operational delivery across the PHE Centres within England and working proactively with partner organisations promoting the nursing contribution to health protection and public health.