It will be our pleasure and privilege to welcome you to the Infection Prevention Society conference #IP2017
As promised, the Scientific Programme Committee for IP2017 has taken cognisance of your feedback from IP2016, the latest current and emerging threats, and state-of-the-art research on the optimisation of service/behaviour change to create a comprehensive series of lectures, specialist streams and meet-the expert sessions. This years programme sees the introduction of a new international engagement stream and also a new facilities and estates sessions to help discuss, resolve and inform on those difficult issues that impact so much on infection risks, and the perception of risks, in a variety of healthcare settings.
In these times of financial difficulty, I think it is vital to reiterate the importance and value of conference to both you and your organisation. Firstly, conference is developed in furtherance of the IPS Mission Statement: No patient is harmed by a preventable infection. Secondly, the programme has direct relevance to your practice; it is anticipated that by taking back the novel learning, your local programmes will be modified and local infection risks reduced. Finally, the conference is designed with you in mind. All presentations are mapped against the IPS competences to provide you with personalised-development as you progress through your career.
This is a special conference as the Infection Prevention Society becomes 10 years old in June this year, and we will be formally celebrating this occasion at IP2017. In recognition of this momentous event, IP2017 is including presentations from the most experienced and influential IPS leaders, our past presidents, who will share insights and intelligence as to where infection prevention priorities will take us next.
This is an exciting, educational and practice-enhancing conference. On behalf of the IP2017 Scientific Programme Committee we look forward to welcoming you all to Manchester.