Dr Winter was appointed Consultant in Sexual Health and HIV in Glasgow,UK in 1999 after completing a PhD in Infection at Birmingham University. Dr Winter’s main interest is in digital health leadership: he led adoption of the national sexual health system in Scotland, was appointed as clinical e-Health lead in NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde in 2015, and in 2020 became Vice-Chair of the Scottish Health and Care Digital Network. He was in the first cohort of the UK’s NHS Digital Academy and is a Fellow of the Faculty of Clinical Informatics. His clinical interests are in HIV care and STI diagnostic testing. He is a member of the European IUSTI Guidelines Group and UK Country Representative for IUSTI Europe.
In this session we will share practical learning from our experience introducing molecular resistance testing for gonorrhoea in a large urban population in the UK. We will look at some of the implementation considerations such as laboratory test nomenclature, human factors issues in clinical electronic systems, and changes to service flow. We will describe some of the health technology systems that have helped, and emphasise the importance of close working between laboratory and clinical colleagues.
Dr Fifer is a Consultant Microbiologist at the National Infection Service, Public Health England, Colindale, where she is the lead microbiologist for bacterial STIs. She is a member of the BASHH Clinical Effectiveness Group and Bacterial Special Interest Group, and is the lead author of the BASHH Gonorrhoea treatment guidelines as well as the editor for the BASHH Mycoplasma genitalium guideline.
This talk will provide an overview of the emergence of resistance in Neisseria gonorrhoeae, illustrated by some cases of ceftriaxone-resistant gonorrhoea. The new UK guidelines and resistance-guided therapy will also be discussed.
Since 2019, Dr. Cartwright has served as Senior Vice President of Clinical Affairs for SpeeDx. Prior to that he was a Vice President and Discipline Director at the Laboratory Corporation of America (LabCorp), responsible for laboratory operations and research and development in molecular infectious diseases. Prior to joining LabCorp, he was the medical director of microbiology and molecular diagnostics at Hennepin County Medical Center in Minneapolis, MN.