The Health Protection Society is an independent professional body, established in the early 1980's as the Five Nations Public Health Medicine Environmental Group (PHMEG). On the 1st April 2015 PHMEG changed its name to the Health Protection Society. The society represents nearly 200 professionals working in health protection throughout the UK.
Experts in Communicable Disease Control
Our members include some of the most senior practitioners at grassroots level with decades of experience in communicable disease control, surveillance, immunisation, environmental hazards, outbreak management and healthcare associated infections. Since our members have worked through previous re-organisations of the health service and before the inception of the HPA we feel we have much insight as to what has worked well and what hasn't which would be helpful to those planning the new National Public Health Service for England.
Representing 5 Nations
Members working in Scotland, Wales, Northern Ireland and the Irish Republic and each of the regions in England elect a representative to the Executive. The Executive meets quarterly and between meetings corresponds with members through a closed electronic e-mail system. This ensures that members participate actively in all Health Protection Society discussions and decisions.
The Health Protection Societ\yorganises several scientific meetings annually, and is one of the co-organisers of the annual Five Nations Conference on Epidemiology and Control of Communicable Diseases and Environmental Hazards.
A sample of online CPD questions is shown below;
1. Which one of the following microbiological findings in a patient would prompt public health action?
a) Neisseria meningitidis isolated from the Nasopharynx b) Neisseria meningitidis isolated from the sputum c) Neisseria meningitis isolated from the conjunctiva d) Neisseria meningitidis isolated from the genital tract
2. An 85 year old man is diagnosed with meningococcal septicaemia. He lives in a local nursing home. Which of the following should be offered chemoprophylaxis?
a) Resident who shares a room with him b) Other residents at the Nursing home c) Son who visits three times a week d) His named carers e) District nurse who visits every day
On call scenario - what would you do next?
A phone call was received from the Out Of Hours Service (OOH) at 9:10am stating that they had received a phone call from an individual stating; that they had visited Disneyland Paris as part of a group of 18-20 people.. One person in the group had become ill during the holiday and been admitted to a hospital in Paris. On their journey home a doctor from the hospital in Paris contacted someone in the group to inform them that the individual who was ill had meningitis and that when they returned to England they would need to contact a doctor and get some antibiotics.. The out of hours GP service is asking what they should do now.
For answers to the above sample questions please visit visit CPD Quiz page in the members area (members only)