Name: Manjula Meda

Job title and institution: Consultant Microbiologist and Infection Prevention Doctor for Frimley Health NHS Foundation Trust 

Year you started IPC: 2010

How long have you been a member of HIS? Since 2010


  • What was your route into IPC?   

After completing my training as a Clinical Microbiologist, I transitioned into an Infection Control Doctor (ICD) role following a colleague's retirement. This shift increased my growing interest in Infection Prevention and Control (IPC), prompting involvement in publishing, participating in research activities within the field, and increased engagement with societies like HIS.

  • Why did you decide to become involved with HIS? (please try to weave in what benefit HIS has had on your career/development)

The engineering course and events organised by HIS proved valuable during my trainee years as a Specialist Registrar (SpR), forming a strong foundation for my learning and development in IPC. After several years as a member, I was appointed to the HIS council and the international editorial board of the Journal of Hospital Infection (JHI). These roles provided opportunities to network with IPC experts, significantly enhancing my personal and professional development.

  • Are you involved in any HIS society committees, working parties or focus groups?

I currently serve as the Secretary for HIS and actively contribute to various committees, including the Higher Awards Committee, the EDI Committee (which I chair), and the Membership Committee. Additionally, I represent HIS in discussions with NHS England (NHSE) and the New Hospital Programme groups.

  • Why is IPC an exciting field to work/study in?

Infection Prevention and Control requires collaboration with professionals from various disciplines, extending beyond the medical field and have found this diversity an exciting and valuable learning opportunity. Witnessing the impact of effective IPC strategies influencing entire organisations is particularly rewarding for me.

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