The profile of health protection has increased significantly in recent years with issues such as immunisation, food borne infections, pandemic flu, healthcare associated infection and communicable diseases regularly being in the public eye. Preventing and controlling infection is a crucial part of health protection. It includes preventing the transmission of communicable diseases and managing outbreaks and the other incidents which threaten the public health.
This round table is an opportunity for third sector organisations to discuss the health protection issues they encounter in their work, find out more about the support and resources Health Protection Scotland (HPS) can offer, and share any good policies and practice. The round table is also an opportunity to explore whether the NHS Scotland National Infection Prevention and Control Manual is a useful resource for the third sector, and whether other resources would be useful. We will also discuss how best to develop further engagement between HPS and our sector, taking into account Public Health Scotland’s future role in leading partnership working, innovation and meaningful change across the whole public health system.
Registration for this round table is open to people working in the third sector only. We particularly welcome your participation if you provide care services in residential or community settings, including people’s own homes, or if you work with particularly vulnerable groups, e.g. people who are street homeless and/or injecting illegal drugs, or people who are unpaid carers.
Health Protection Scotland (HPS) plan and deliver national services aimed at protecting people from infectious and environmental hazards. Their priorities include antimicrobial resistance, healthcare associated infection, sexually transmitted infections, respiratory infections, immunisations, and blood borne viruses. From April 2020 they will be part of Public Health Scotland (currently they are part of NHS National Services). Their functions include monitoring hazards, preparing and responding to outbreaks and incidents, and co-ordinating national health protection programmes such as immunisation. They work with health professionals, national and local government, and the general public.
CCPS is the Coalition of Care and Support Providers in Scotland. Its mission is to identify, represent, promote and safeguard the interests of third sector and not-for-profit social care and support providers in Scotland, so that they can maximise the impact they have on meeting social need.
Please contact Lauren Blair with any questions.