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Public Health Microbiology

Public Health microbiology is a speciality which spans the fields of human, animal, food, water and environmental microbiology, with a focus on human health and disease. It requires laboratory scientists, epidemiologists, and clinicians to generate, integrate, analyse and communicate epidemic intelligence. Public Health microbiology supports the monitoring of known and emerging threats and facilitates the evaluation of effective interventions. (adapted from the ECDC consensus definition)’.

To progress this speciality  the Scottish Health Protection Network (SHPN) has recently published a ‘Public Health Microbiology Strategy for Scotland’.  This document sets out the context and steps needed to provide a Public Health Microbiology capacity and capability in line with the current ECDC strategy for all European Member States.

Workforce development is a key component of the strategy and NHS Education for Scotland is working closely with members of the SHPN to support a progressive, integrated approach to workforce development and delivery of educational opportunities.

Outline for workforce education and development for public health microbiology in Scotland

To support the national Public Health Microbiology strategy for Scotland, NHS Education for Scotland has worked in partnership with the Scottish Health Protection Network to develop an educational outline document for public health microbiology can be downloaded from here.

This Outline offers a basis from which the workforce that contributes to public health microbiology can develop local planning as part of wider workforce education and development planning for facilitating, delivering and evaluating educational activity for all staff and engage with nationally produced resources.

Further educational opportunities will be developed as this work progresses and stakeholders identify key priorities for support.