Advert for Patient and Public Members

  • Are you interested in infections and the micro-organisms which cause them, or in antimicrobial resistance (where those micro-organisms no longer respond the usual medicines)? 
  • Would you like to find out more about research going on to work out how to treat people with infections better in the NHS?
  • Would you be prepared to be a “critical friend” and ask questions about what we are doing, even if you feel they may not be important?
  • Can you listen to and respect differing opinions?

The “Modernising Medical Microbiology” group at the University of Oxford is looking for new members to join our existing patient and public group and work with us to make sure that public views on how we run our research are heard and acted upon.

Since 2006 the Modernising Medical Microbiology group has been working to make it easier to find and treat infections, so that patients can get better care. We aim to:

  • Modernise the way we work out who has an infection, bringing cutting-edge scientific methods to clinical care.
  • Transform the way we study how patients with infections get treated, using large electronic databases of information from hospitals, to find patterns and work out ways we can make patient care better.
  • Use methods to look at the genetic material of microbes like bacteria and viruses to find out more about how infections spread between people, how to treat them, and how to stop them happening in the future.
  • Study how bacteria become resistant to antibiotics, and more difficult to treat, and how to stop this.

Our patient and public group is set up to support transparency, challenge us openly and honestly, and hold us to account for how we do our research. Members do not need to have a long-term condition or be a regular user of health or care services but should be interested in infections and the microbes that cause them, and/or in antimicrobial resistance. We are particularly interested in talking to young people, people with young families, and people who might think that scientific research is “not for them”.  

For further information, please read the documents below. You will need to let us know that you are interested using the forms downloadable from this page and return them to by 5pm on Thursday 21st March 2024. If you have any difficulties accessing or downloading these forms, please email us for help.

Supporting Information

Application Form

Diversity monitoring form