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Manchester Medical Microbiology Partnership

The Manchester Medical Microbiology Partnership (MMMP) is a collaboration between Central Manchester University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust (CMFT) and Public Health England (PHE). In May 2013, Trafford Microbiology Services successfully transferred to the MMMP.

The objective of this partnership is to provide Central and South Manchester with a Unified Microbiology Service embracing all aspects of medical and public health microbiology.

The MMMP is made up of the following departments and units:

Roles and functions

  • To provide a clinical and public health microbiology service, including an infection control service, jointly managed by CMFT and PHE
  • Provide microbiology support and advice to the Public Health England Centres (PHECs), Local Authorities and Port Health Authorities in the North West
  • Provide expert microbiological advice during outbreaks and other incidents of infectious disease
  • Contribute to the development of local, regional and national guidelines and policies
  • Provide community and health care-associated infection (HCAI) surveillance data
  • Host the following PHE units:

- Meningococcal Reference Unit (MRU), which provides national microbiological and surveillance data on meningococcal infections

- Vaccine Evaluation Unit (VEU), which studies the efficacy of meningococcal, pneumococcal and other vaccines, e.g. human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccines

- Sero-epidemiology Unit (SEU), which provides serological data on the epidemiology of infection

  • Provide a Clostridium difficile ribotyping service (CDRN) for the North West
  • Provide specialist virology and molecular diagnostic services for Greater Manchester, the North West and beyond