Health Protection Scotland - EPIET
Tel. +44 (0)141 300 1126
Fax +44 (0)141 300 1170
Description of the institute
Health Protection Scotland (HPS) aims to work in partnership with others, to protect the Scottish population (5 million) from being exposed to infectious and environmental hazards which damage their health and to limit any impact on health when such exposures cannot be avoided.
Its remit is to strengthen, coordinate and assure national health protection activity by carrying out surveillance, providing expert advice, ensuring an effective response to incidents, developing good practice and a competent workforce and taking forward a portfolio of research.
HPS also commissions the 12 national reference laboratories and liaises with them and the specialist diagnostic laboratories for the various communicable and non-communicable disease surveillance programmes that HPS undertakes.
HPS achieves its aims by working closely with health professionals (including microbiologists, nurses, and medical colleagues), local and national government, the general public and a number of bodies that play a part in protecting health. The organisation has good links with the Health Protection Agency in England and units elsewhere in the UK.
HPS is based in modern office accommodation in the centre of Glasgow and is part of the National Health Service in Scotland. Around 100 staff are employed.
HPS is organised into three specialist groups with expertise provided by a multi-disciplinary workforce, which includes doctors, nurses, scientists and information staff, all of whom are supported by core business and IM&T teams. The specialist groups are:
- Healthcare Associated Infections and Infection Control;
- Blood Borne Viruses and Sexually Transmitted Infections, Immunisation, and Respiratory and Vaccine Preventable Diseases;
- Gastrointestinal and Zoonoses, Travel, and Environment and Health.
The Fellow will have the opportunity to participate in all aspects of the unit's work, including design and evaluation of new and existing surveillance systems, data analysis and interpretation, investigation and management of infectious and environmental incidents, development of policies, teaching and research. The multi-disciplinary nature of HPS offers opportunities in a wide variety of professional areas.
The EPIET supervisor at HPS is Dr. Jim McMenamin.
All activities require good spoken and written English.
Number of EPIET fellows trained at the institute: eight (1996, 1998, 2000, 2004, 2006, 2008, 2010, 2013 (fellow finishes in September 2015).
Number of EPIET alumni working at the institute: one.