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  • Healthcare associated infections / antimicrobial resistance
    annual symposium on HCAIs on 30 March 2011 in the King s Hall Belfast The symposium was opened by the Chief Medical Officer and included presentations from Trusts and the PHA addressing HCAI improvements and work programmes Dr Bharat Patel Consultant Medical Microbiologist Microbiology Services Lead for London Health Protection Agency outlined HCAI improvements which have been achieved nationally and discussed learning arising from work progressed to date CDI and cleanyourhands training sessions To the end of March 2011 the HCAI team has delivered 13 training sessions on our cleanyourhands campaign and best practice in management of CDI to nursing and residential homes A total of 580 staff representing 187 homes have attended this training with further training sessions planned The health protection IPC nursing team is also establishing a link system to support IPC training and best practice across the nursing and residential home sector Patient information leaflets The HCAI team is leading work to draft and agree an updated suite of HCAI patient information leaflets PILs Work on these PILS is progressing in partnership with Lead IPC nurses in the five HSC Trusts Phase 1 of this work is nearing completion and includes PILs on HCAI general information hand hygiene MRSA and norovirus Phase 2 of this work will include PILs addressing laundry advice Extended Spectrum Beta Lactamases ESBL infections a group of bacteria that are resistant to many commonly used antibiotics and scabies Areas of focus 2011 2012 The health protection and infection prevention and control nursing service HP IPC nursing within the HCAI team has been enhanced during 2010 11 The team provides HP IPC support to the nursing and residential home sector providing facility visits supported risk assessment and management for HCAI incidents outbreaks and site specific training education The nursing team is rolling out regional training sessions relating to the cleanyourhands hand hygiene campaign and best practice for CDI management The HCAI team is working in partnership with the HSCB to draft and agree an HCAI action plan for primary and community care settings This plan will address nursing and residential home sector general medical and dental practices service providers and community pharmacies It is envisaged that this action plan will be finalised and available in April 2011 During 2011 2012 the team plans to establish and develop systems to support best HP IPC practice in primary care settings This work will form part of the roll out of the HCAI action plan for primary and community care settings The team will continue to support HSC Trusts with HCAI improvement work which is currently ongoing In particular the team will provide advice and support through partnership working with Trusts who are not on or are moving away from their expected trajectory for HCAI reduction as set out in Ministerial performance targets The HCAI team also provides support to the HSCB for performance management of HCAI reduction targets This is achieved through provision of comprehensive surveillance information data used to underpin HCAI improvement across health

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  • Reference documents | HSC Public Health Agency
    in hard copy for use by colleagues Users should check back periodically to ensure that they are using the most recent resources Please reply to hcaini hscni net if you have any comments or queries About reference documents Link to reference document Generic SSI manual on definitions of SSI type classification and associated risk factor data items Generic SSI MANUAL v2014 1 pdf This document contains relevant OPCS codes and microorganism for SSI surveillance SSI N Ireland codes v2014 1 pdf How to enter webforms add records modify data save and submit records Using Webform 24oct14 pdf Print Facebook Twitter Health Protection News Publications Courses and conferences Adverse weather Antibiotic Awareness Blood borne viruses and STIs Ebola E coli O157 Emergency preparedness environmental hazards Gastrointestinal infections Holiday travel advice Healthcare associated infections antimicrobial resistance Reference documents Health protection improvement inequalities Immunisation vaccine preventable diseases Respiratory diseases Surveillance data Zoonoses Site menu Home About Directorates News Publications Contracts Consultations Webcasts Links Contact Legal information Freedom of Information Cookies Privacy Policy Terms of use and disclaimer Our websites www aaascreening info www becancerawareni info www breastfedbabies org www cancerscreening hscni net www choosetolivebetter com www enjoyhealthyeating info www fluawareni info www getalifegetactive

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  • Health protection improvement and inequalities
    communities to ensure we make best use of our collective efforts and resources Current priority work Migrant health For the majority of migrants entering the country there is no greater risk of infectious diseases than for the indigenous population However there are certain individuals who come from countries with high prevalence of diseases such as tuberculosis TB hepatitis B hepatitis C and HIV Broadly the health protection issues regarding migrants are in three main categories which include vaccinations sexually transmitted infections STIs and blood borne diseases The PHA is establishing a Northern Ireland Migrant Health Network health protection service which would be a major part of the network along with health improvement primary care and local trusts The main aim is to ensure policies are in place for screening of individuals entering the country have the resources available to be able to offer appropriate medical services for treatment of such individuals and to prevent further transmission of disease The health protection agencies have done a lot of work on this issue for many years and developed a useful guidance which is available online This website 1 provides practical guidance and resources to assess and manage a wide range of migrant health issues Environmental inequalities A clean and healthy environment is a vital component of public health This is particularly so for children While our environment is much healthier than in previous generations and continues to improve environmental quality varies between different areas and communities and there is an emerging research base describing the scale and range of environmental inequality in the UK There is an unquestionable link between deprivation and ill health The PHA has a major role of assessing the potential public health impacts of those processes applying for authorisation under the Integrated Pollution Prevention Control IPPC regime Understanding

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  • Notifications of Infectious Diseases | HSC Public Health Agency
    in attendance suspects that a patient is suffering from a notifiable disease he or she is legally required to inform the Director of Public Health The prime purpose of the notifications system is to detect possible outbreaks to initiate contact tracing eg tuberculosis and meningococcal disease and to trigger investigation eg food poisoning rapidly Accuracy of diagnosis is secondary and clinical suspicion of a notifiable infection is all that is required If a diagnosis later proves incorrect the notification can be amended It also enables legal measures to be taken when necessary to control infection eg the exclusion from work of a food handler suffering from salmonella infection Food poisoning notifications include those formally notified by clinicians and reports of salmonella campylobacter Cryptosporidium Giardia Listeria and E coli O157 informally ascertained from laboratories Public Health England data PHA NOIDs archive Print Facebook Twitter Health Protection News Publications Courses and conferences Adverse weather Antibiotic Awareness Blood borne viruses and STIs Ebola E coli O157 Emergency preparedness environmental hazards Gastrointestinal infections Holiday travel advice Healthcare associated infections antimicrobial resistance Health protection improvement inequalities Immunisation vaccine preventable diseases Respiratory diseases Surveillance data Notifications of Infectious Diseases NOIDs archive Group B Streptococcus Vaccination coverage

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  • Immunisation/vaccine preventable diseases
    and the surveillance and control of vaccine preventable diseases Key areas of ongoing work Maintaining and improving high uptake of the childhood vaccines particularly targeting areas groups with comparatively low uptake Training of health professionals and students in vaccination programmes Introducing new vaccine programme updates Managing the flu vaccine programme to achieve target uptake rates Building on recently introduced HPV vaccine programme Screening health care workers for measles immunity and vaccinating those not immune Providing advice to Health professionals through the duty room Responding to cases of vaccine preventable diseases Immunisation training The latest immunisation training information can be found here Immunisation training Update July August 2015 pdf 1 Key links Measles 2 Meningococcal disease 3 Pertussis 4 Rubella 5 Pneumococcal disease 6 HIB 7 Influenza Health professionals 8 General public 9 General vaccination 10 Green Book 11 Travel vaccines sites NaTHNaC 12 Travax 13 Other Resources Immunisation leaflets Northern Ireland 14 Vaccination surveillance data 15 NOIDS surveillance data 16 2011 Public Health Agency Designed and produced by the Public Health Agency Source URL http www publichealthagency org directorate public health health protection immunisationvaccine preventable diseases Links 1 http www publichealthagency org sites default files directorates files Immunisation 20training 20Update 20July August 202015 pdf 2 http www hpa org uk Topics InfectiousDiseases InfectionsAZ Measles Guidelines 3 http www hpa org uk Topics InfectiousDiseases InfectionsAZ MeningococcalDisease Guidelines 4 http www hpa org uk Topics InfectiousDiseases InfectionsAZ WhoopingCough Guidelines 5 http www hpa org uk Topics InfectiousDiseases InfectionsAZ Rubella Guidelines rubGuidelines 6 http www hpa org uk Topics InfectiousDiseases InfectionsAZ Pneumococcal GuidelinesPneumococcal 7 http www hpa org uk Topics InfectiousDiseases InfectionsAZ HaemophilusInfluenzaeTypeB Guidance 8 http www hpa org uk Topics InfectiousDiseases InfectionsAZ SeasonalInfluenza InformationForHealthProfessionals 9 http www hpa org uk Topics InfectiousDiseases InfectionsAZ SeasonalInfluenza InformationForThePublic 10 http www hpa org uk Topics

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  • Respiratory diseases
    Legionnaires disease Issues associated with influenza include surveillance and public health preparedness response for pandemic avian and seasonal influenza viruses Current work includes surveillance prevention and control of the following diseases TB seasonal pandemix influenza and Legionnaires disease 2011 Public

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  • Tuberculosis (TB) | HSC Public Health Agency
    infect on average between 10 and 15 people each year Any of the following symptoms may suggest TB Fever and night sweats Persistent cough Losing weight Blood in your sputum phlegm or spit at any time Both health professionals and the general public should be aware of the following key facts about TB TB can be fatal if not treated TB is usually curable with a six month course of antibiotics which must be completed Not completing the full course can encourage drug resistance TB disease develops slowly in the body over a period of several months Symptoms are fever and night sweats persistent cough weight loss blood in your sputum phlegm or spit at any time a lack of appetite fatigue and a general sense of feeling unwell The infection requires prolonged and close contact in order to spread from person to person Under half of cases in the UK have the infectious form of the disease Most cases present little or no risk to others It is very uncommon to catch TB from a child with the disease TB treatment is free for patients in the UK TB today remains an important public health problem throughout much of the world causing the deaths of more than a million people each year mostly in developing countries With effective treatment TB can be a curable disease TB Publications general public TB the disease its treatment and prevention BCG and your baby protecting your baby against TB Health matters what you need to know Tuberculosis TB TB Publications health professionals Enhanced surveillance of TB General information on TB pdf For further information on TB general public The truth about TB http www thetruthabouttb org TB Alert Patient leaflets For further information on TB health professionals Public Health England Tuberculosis TB NICE

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  • Influenza | HSC Public Health Agency
    illness The influenza virus is unstable and new strains and variants are constantly emerging which is one of the reasons why the flu vaccine should be given each year For most people influenza infection is just a nasty experience but for some it can lead to more serious illnesses The most common complications of influenza are bronchitis and secondary bacterial pneumonia These illnesses may require treatment in hospital and can be life threatening especially in the elderly asthmatics and those in poor health For further information on seasonal flu including surveillance arrangements and the seasonal flu bulletin see the Public Health Agency resource Flu Aware NI Key links Flu aware NI Flu Bulletins Public Health England Seasonal influenza guidance data and analysis Print Facebook Twitter Health Protection News Publications Courses and conferences Adverse weather Antibiotic Awareness Blood borne viruses and STIs Ebola E coli O157 Emergency preparedness environmental hazards Gastrointestinal infections Holiday travel advice Healthcare associated infections antimicrobial resistance Health protection improvement inequalities Immunisation vaccine preventable diseases Respiratory diseases Tuberculosis TB Influenza Legionellosis Surveillance data Zoonoses Site menu Home About Directorates News Publications Contracts Consultations Webcasts Links Contact Legal information Freedom of Information Cookies Privacy Policy Terms of use and

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