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Protecting our health

Health Protection Scotland will continue to provide effective and specialist national services to protect the people of Scotland from infectious and environmental hazards, including COVID-19, from within Public Health Scotland.

We will provide advice, support and information to health professionals, national and local government, the general public and other bodies that play a part in protecting health.

Infectious diseases

Our work to prevent the spread of infectious diseases will include providing guidance and support around a wide range of infections including COVID-19, Human papillomavirus (HPV), HIV, those causing foodborne illness and influenza. This includes:

  • Providing strategic leadership for High Consequence Infectious Disease preparedness in Scotland
  • Demonstrating the public health benefit of new influenza vaccines for seasonal influenza
  • Co-ordinating the implementation of the Scottish Government’s Hepatitis C Elimination Strategy
  • Co-ordinating the development of an HIV Elimination Strategy

Environmental hazards

We also provide specialist operational support and advice to stakeholders around environmental hazards such as flooding, air, water and land contamination. This includes:

  • Advice during acute incidents and also for chronic exposures resulting from incidents that extend over a longer period of time
  • Surveillance and monitoring of hazards and exposures
  • Fostering a new post-Brexit UK-wide collaborative approach to the surveillance of communicable diseases and health problems associated with environmental hazards, including training and the development of a shared strategy

Collaboration

Collaboration is central to our health protection work. This includes working closely with the Antimicrobial Resistance and Healthcare Associated Infection (ARHAI) centre of excellence within NHS National Services Scotland, working with academia and hosting the Scottish Health Protection Network (SHPN).