This course focuses on how to use molecular outputs to improve patient care. Exploring how results generated by molecular diagnostic workflows support clinical decision making, both for individual patient management and for wider infection control risk assessment.


  • How to select your molecular workflow to answer your clinical management question
  • What are the strengths and weaknesses of different molecular flows, and how do you modify individual stages in order to better match your clinical query
  • What factors to consider when implementing new molecular techniques within your setting
  • Where is the technology surrounding molecular testing going & what does the future of molecular testing look like?

Keynotes will include:

  • Clinical applications of genomics to microbiology
  • Genotypic methods in vaccine preventable diseases
  • Genomics, Clinical Microbiology and Surveillance in relation to infections

Technical lectures will include:

  • Molecular workflows and their role in supporting clinicians to address their clinical questions.
  • The role of molecular techniques in an outbreak scenarios.

Workshops will include:

  • The role molecular techniques play in decision making in outbreak investigations.
  • Implementing molecular techniques in practice to influence decisions surrounding patient management.
  • Determining the readiness of research for implementation into practice.


This course is a professional development opportunity for members of staff working in an NHS healthcare or associated research setting with clinical exposure to microbiological test results and sequencing data. Prior course candidates have come from a wide range of background including:

  • Healthcare scientists
  • Microbiologist and virologists
  • Medical professionals
  • Research students
  • Nursing professionals


  • Professor Elaine Cloutman-Green, Consultant Clinical Scientist and Deputy Director of Infection Prevention and Control at Great Ormond Street Hospital
  • Dr Marie Anne Chattaway, Clinical and Biomedical Scientist at UKHSA. Head of Specialist Scientific Reference Service
  • Dr Lena Ciric, Associate Professor in Environmental Engineering, Department of Civil, Environmental and Geomatic Engineering. University College London

For more information, please contact: [email protected]

  • 09:00 - 20/11/2023 to 16:30 - 24/11/2023
  • London House, Goodenough College , Mecklenburgh Square, Bloomsbury, London, WC1N 2AB, United Kingdom