Infection Matters Profile

Mrs Pauline MacDonald ARRC, MSc, BSc (Hons), FRSPH
Independent Nurse Consultant and Director

Qualifications and Awards

  • MSc in Health Sciences 2007, University of Birmingham – Distinction and winner of Freda Ashmore (highest marks) Prize 2007.
  • BSc (Hons) Infection Control 2002, University of Hertfordshire – First Class Honours
  • Associate of the Royal Red Cross, 1995 – Awarded by her Majesty the Queen in New Year’s Honours 1995, for services to nursing
  • English National Board (ENB) 329, Foundations in Infection Control – Jun 2000
  • ENB 998, Teaching and Assessing in Clinical Practice – Feb 1993
  • ENB 237, Oncological Nursing for General Nurses – Feb 1990
  • Registered General Nurse 1983, Army School of Nursing
  • Fellow of the Royal Society of Public Health


A nursing and infectious diseases professional with over 35 years experience in both the NHS and the British Ministry of Defence and a national profile in immunisation, Pauline has been working in the fields of infection prevention and control, immunisation and communicable disease for over 15 years. Throughout her career Pauline has worked in hospitals, primary care settings, clinics, outpatient departments and organisational headquarters in UK, Germany and Hong Kong and in field based conditions in Iraq. Her nursing background prior to entering her current infectious diseases specialism was primarily Oncology but she has worked in general medicine, surgery, gynaecology and high dependency.

Pauline is a strong, confident communicator and a proven leader. She is experienced in managing demanding and complex workloads, using honed management skills, organised administrative planning and structured project management techniques.

Pauline is Director and Independent Nurse Consultant for Infectcion Matters, providing consultancy, advice and education related to immunisation, infection and communicable disease issues.

Achievements and Experience

  • Nationally recognised a leader in the fields of Infection Prevention and Control and Immunisation, presenting at conferences and study days nationally and having been widely published.
  • A member of the Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation, an independent advisory body to the Secretaries of State for the United Kingdom.
  • A member of the Department of Health Immunisation Implementation Group.
  • A member of the Department of Health National Child Health Immunisation Standards Board.
  • Consultant in Communicable Disease for Dudley Primary Care Trust providing the lead on infection prevention and control, immunisation service and tuberculosis service. The clinical lead for corporate requirements for Decontamination of medical devices.
  • Publications Editor for the Journal of Infection Prevention (previously called the British Journal of Infection Control); management of manuscript submission handling.
  • A reviewer for the Journal of Infection Prevention and the Nursing Times for double blind peer reviewed papers.
  • Infection prevention advisor for building and equipment procurement projects. Notably having advised on planning of field hospitals, both tented and containerised, the use of buildings for clinical service delivery (change of function facilities), health centre LIFT projects, new General Practice facilities and refurbishment of existing healthcare facilities.
  • The Infection Prevention and Control lead for matters related to Influenza Pandemic Planning at Dudley PCT. A member of the multi-agency health economy Pandemic Advisory Group in Dudley.
  • Lead on the formulation of infection prevention and control and decontamination related evidence and activities which contribute to compliance with Standards for Better Health submissions.
  • Clinical Lead advisor to the PCT commissioning arm monitoring providers’ performance against the ‘Code’, World Class Commissioning and Vital Signs indicators related to infection prevention and immunisation.
  • A member of the Infection Prevention Society (formerly the Infection Control Nurses Association).
  • Advised on the procurement, use and decontamination of equipment in specialist services such as dental, endoscopy, podiatry, minor surgery and ENT.