Another successful Practical and Clinical Microbiology of Anaerobes course was held on 14 & 15 June in Cardiff. We had a full complement of 26 delegates, including overseas visitors from Ireland, Norway, Sweden, Romania, Germany and Costa Rica.
This 2-day residential course enables delegates to refresh their knowledge on culturing, identification and the clinical importance of anaerobes and allows them to learn from clinical and laboratory professionals about the latest technologies and techniques. The course is delivered by the UK Anaerobe Reference Unit, Public Health Wales, Cardiff and is CPD accreditated by RCPath (11 credits).
The main aims of the course are:
· To promote an understanding and awareness of anaerobic bacteria in clinical material.
· To gain an insight into their relevance in clinical microbiology.
· To achieve a basic level of competence in methods used for their isolation and identification.
· To improve the standards of anaerobic microbiology in clinical laboratories.
Feedback from delegates has again been very positive with the majority rating it ‘excellent’ overall. Participants particularly enjoyed the friendly and informative course atmosphere and provided comments such as:
“Excellent course will definitely recommend to others.”
“Will be recommending for colleagues to attend.”
“Engaging speakers, very helpful, great team. I would highly recommend this course. I have learnt so much and look forward to passing all this great information to my team at work.”
“A fantastic course that came highly recommended to me and I will certainly
recommend to others.”
“It is an excellent workshop and I will recommend the course, even if you are working outside of the UK. Lectures were clear and well organized. The booklets are very educational for my needs.”
Don Whitley Scientific sponsors and helps to administer the course on behalf of the UK Anaerobe Reference Unit (ARU). We loaned the ARU a Whitley A55 Workstation for the course so that they had increased incubation capacity for the practical sessions.
It is planned to hold the course again in 2019 but dates have not yet been finalised. Keep an eye on the DWS blog or contact us on firstname.lastname@example.org if you are interested in attending this event.