Public Health England
With effect from April 2013, The Health Protection Agency became Public Health England. Public Health England (PHE) works to protect the public from threats to their health including infectious diseases and environmental hazards. PHE provides advice and information to the public, to health professionals such as doctors and nurses, and to national and local government. PHE is collaborating with the Centre for Infection Prevention and Management in a number of ways.
Work-stream 2, “A Network For Clinical Infection Diagnostics” is led on the Imperial side by Shiranee Sriskandan and Kathy Bamford. On the PHE side it is lead through Angela Kearns, Androulla Efstratiou, Robert George and Barry Cookson. Through PHE we are also actively collaborating with colleagues at the WT Sanger Institute to sequence S. pyogenes strains from the major serogroups causing invasive disease in the UK .
In work-stream 3, “Infection Surveillance”, PHE are involved through Professor Mike Catchpole who is one of the stream leads along with Alison Holmes and Paul Aylin. Working with the CIPM Data Manager and PhD student Carina King they are developing new novel ways of using existing data bases to improve infection prevention. A second PhD Student, Rachel Souter is co-supervised by Andre Charlett, Head of the Statistics Unit at PHE.
For more information about Public Health England please see their website: www.gov.uk/phe