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Meet the professional lead

Rose Gallagher

Rose Gallagher

Rose Gallagher is the Professional Lead for Infection Prevention and Control. She was initially trained in Brighton, and after qualifying gained experience working in both acute and community settings.

Rose started her career in infection control (as it was then known) as a surveillance nurse undertaking surgical site surveillance for bowel surgery. This role led to an interest in the field of infection control, and she then went on to work as a trainee infection control nurse at Wycombe Hospital in 1999. In 2002 Rose was appointed as Lead Infection Control Nurse at Stoke Mandeville Hospital, now part of Buckinghamshire Healthcare NHS Trust, where she was in post during and after the outbreaks of Clostridium difficile. She then went on to attend secondments at the RCN and other NHS organisations as Strategic Advisor for infection control or as a member of HCAI support teams. She is currently a member of the Rapid Review Panel and a committee member of the Central Sterilising Club.

As a Professional Lead, Rose works closely with all four countries, England - which includes 9 regions, Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales. She also works closely with RCN members and other major stakeholders and is actively involved in the RCN's work across Europe and internationally. 

In addition to infection prevention work, Rose currently supports a number of nursing forums and communities, including Cancer and Breast Care and Gastrointestinal Nursing. 

If you have any further questions about the RCN's work on infection prevention and control, email