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Communicable Disease Strategy Group Papers: Education, Infrastructure and Training Sub-Group(4th Meeting)

Consists of papers sent to delegates intended for discussion at the 4th Meeting of the Chief Medical Officer's Communicable Disease Strategy Education, Infrastructure and Training Sub-Group held on 10 November 1999.



Reports of two study days by Dr Steve Rousseau, Group Director of the Public Health Laboratory Service (PHLS) Wessex, entitled 'GPs and Germs: The Interface Between General Practice, Microbiology and Public Health';

Paper by Dr Eileen Rubery of the Department of Health, entitled 'Developing Communicable Disease Teams', including letter of support from Professor Dame Lesley Southgate, University College London, dated 21 June 1999;

Paper by Professor J. E. Banatvala, comprising of a letter on the importance of surveillance and an illustration on how combined training aligns with existing monospeciality programmes;

And paper produced by Professor Dame Lesley Southgate, Royal College of General Practitioners, entitled 'Report from an Intercollegiate Group which Considered Educational Strategies for Health Care Professionals Involved in Testing for Chlamydia Trachomatis'.

Communicable Disease Strategy Group Papers: Public Health Laboratory Service (PHLS)

Consists of copies of;

Covering correspondence;

The Public Health Laboratory Service's (PHLS) draft corporate plan for 2000 - 2005 and draft business plan for 2000-2001 as submitted to the PHLS Board for approval on 13 January 2000;

The first official draft of the 1999 PHLS Overview of Communicable Disease;

Summary of PHLS Income and Expenditure for 1999/2000 and Financial Plans for 2000/01 to 2004/05;

And publication on the work, functions and facilities of the PHLS Communicable Disease Surveillance Centre (CDSC).

Getting Ahead of the Curve: A Strategy for Combating Infectious Diseases (Including other Aspects of Health Protection)

This report sets out an infectious disease strategy for England, including new arrangements to counter old and new threats, such as radiological and chemical hazards through bioterrorism, by describing the scope of the threat posed as well as establishing the priorities for action to combat this threat . It aimed to overhaul previously fragmented systems and to place a new emphasis on communicable diseases through direct action plans, programmes to inform understanding and legislative reform.

West Nile Virus: A Contingency Plan to Protect the Public’s Health

This report, in response to the mosquito-borne West Nile virus becoming endemic to the United States in 2002, set out measures aimed at the early identification and control of the virus in the event it should reach England. Also includes a contingency action plan to improve readiness diagnosis, management of the condition and prevention of further infection.

Medical Education and Training

Includes Sir Liam's Special Reports Unfinished Business: Proposals for Reform of the Senior House Officer Grade , and Medical Schools: Delivering the Doctors of the Future.

Also includes other material specifically relating to medical education and training.

Unfinished Business: Proposals for Reform of the Senior House Officer Grade

This report, in the form of a consultation paper, identified problems in postgraduate medical training for doctors, namely many postgraduates occupying Senior House Officer posts, where training, experience and chances of progression were variable, prior to the expectation of becoming specialist registrars. It proposed a new integrated approach to training where newly qualified doctors would enter a two year foundation programme followed by a basic specialist training programme of two to three years before entering general practice or applying to higher specialist training programmes.

Video recording promoting the Newcastle NIHR Biomedical Research Centre

Consists of a promotional and informative video on the research and clinical partnership between Newcastle University and Newcastle Hospitals at Newcastle University's institute for ageing and health, focusing on the strengths of the partnership, facilities, the health of older people, what care can be provided for them, how research will help improve the quality of life for older people. Running time 10.07.

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