Following feedback from previous outbreak response the Systematic Testing and Outbreak use case is proposing the creation of central resources to be deployed to assist DPH in the initial response to outbreaks. These would form a national strategic reserve that could be drawn upon by local authorities to enable activities at the local level. This will consist of specialist expertise through ‘surge’ teams and the provision of training, guidance and workforce best practice, where necessary.
A pool of various specialists will be formed to enable rapid deployment of multi-disciplinary surge teams to prevent and respond to outbreaks in urban areas. These surge teams will be led by ‘Crisis Programme Leaders’, who will serve as conduits between the national testing programme and local areas. Surge teams will undertake discovery and reconnaissance on behalf to the programme, to assess requirements and deploy testing to areas.
The Infection Control Specialist will lead on effective infection prevention and control through the development, implementation, and monitoring of robust processes, policies and procedures throughout Surge mobilisation.
- Support with the development and execution of robust processes, policies, procedures, guidance, plans, strategies, performance frameworks and service specifications to ensure effective infection prevention and control measures are in place
- Provide the latest knowledge and understanding of infection control practices to be able to develop and implement proactive strategies to reduce the spread of infections
- Support engagement with policy makers and other clinicians on matters relating to infection control policy and training