IPS Speaker Dr Jon Otter

Dr Jon Otter

Director of Infection Prevention and Control, Guy’s and St. Thomas’ NHS Foundation Trust

Jon is a scientist focused on healthcare-associated infection, antimicrobial resistance, and Infection Prevention and Control. The Director of Infection Prevention and Control at Guy’s and St. Thomas’ NHS Foundation Trust. Also an Honorary Senior Lecturer in the National Institute for Health Research Health Protection Research Unit (NIHR HPRU) in Healthcare Associated Infections and Antimicrobial Resistance at Imperial College London.

Jon previously managed the Infection Prevention and Control and Antimicrobial Stewardship team at Imperial College Healthcare NHS Trust, was a Research Fellow at the Centre for Clinical Infection and Diagnostics Research (CIDR) (King’s College London / Guy’s and St. Thomas’ NHS Foundation Trust, London) and the Scientific Director of the Healthcare Division at Bioquell.

Jon has a first class honors degree in Microbiology from the University of Nottingham (2001) and a PhD in epidemiology (of MRSA) from King’s College London (2011).  Research interests include the epidemiology of MRSA, C. difficile and multidrug-resistant Gram-negatives (especially CPE), antibiotic and antiseptic resistance, the role of contaminated surfaces in transmission, and molecular typing methods including some recent dabbling in whole genome sequencing.

Jon is a Fellow of the Royal College of Pathologists (FRCPath), alumnus of the Royal Commission for the Exhibition of 1851, and was previously Assistant Editor at the Journal of Hospital Infection, and a member of the Infection Prevention Society (IPS) Scientific Programme Committee.

Also runs a blog on healthcare epidemiology and microbiology with Marc Bonten, Martin Kiernan and Andreas Voss called ‘Reflections on Infection Prevention and Control’