UK Advisory Panel for Healthcare Workers Infected with Bloodborne Viruses (UKAP)

UKAP gives advice about the transmission and management of bloodborne viruses among healthcare workers.

Role

UKAP gives advice on guidance on healthcare workers living with HIV, hepatitis B and hepatitis C. The panel also provides support for local incident management teams and maintains a monitoring register of healthcare workers living with HIV who perform exposure prone procedures (EPPs).

Terms of reference

The panel’s terms of reference are to:

  • establish, and update as necessary, criteria on which local advice on modifying working practices may be based
  • provide supplementary specialist occupational advice to physicians of healthcare workers living with bloodborne viruses, occupational physicians and professional bodies
  • advise individual healthcare workers or their advocates how to obtain guidance on working practices
  • advise directors of public health on patient notification exercises, where these are indicated, of patients treated by healthcare workers living with bloodborne viruses
  • keep under review the literature on occupational transmission of bloodborne viruses and revise guidelines as necessary

Membership

The CEO of PHE appoints members with specialist medical and scientific expertise, as well as lay members.

  • Professor Jeremy Bagg (Dental expert)
  • Dr Christopher Conlon (Infectious Diseases expert)
  • Dr Julie Gordon (Emergency Medicine expert)
  • Mr Chris Cox (Legal expert)
  • Dr Kumara Dharmasena (Microbiology expert)
  • Dr Mat Donati (Virology expert)
  • Ms Kay Francis (Midwifery expert)
  • Professor David Goldberg (Chair and consultant epidemiologist)
  • Dr Ali Hashtroudi (Occupational Health expert)
  • Dr David Hawkins (Deputy Chair and Genitourinary Medicine expert)
  • Mr Nikolaos Karydis (Surgery expert)
  • Dr George Kassianos (General Medical Practitioner expert)
  • Dr Andrea Kelleher (Anaesthetist expert)
  • Dr Patrick Kennedy (Clinical Hepatology expert)
  • Ms Helen Kirk (Occupational Health Nursing expert)
  • Mrs Joanna Lloyd (Lay member)
  • Dr Vanessa MacGregor (Consultant in Communicable Disease Control expert)
  • Dr Wendy Matthews (Emergency Medicine expert)
  • Mr Richard Smith (Obstetrics and Gynaecology expert)
  • Dr Prosenjit Giri (Occupational Health expert)

Observers

  • Dr Naresh Chada (Northern Irish Observer)
  • Ms Emma Stapley (English Observer)
  • Dr Marion Lyons (Welsh Observer)
  • Dr Gill Hawkins (Scottish Observer)

Publications

COVID-19: UKAP statement on health clearance and monitoring

BBVs in healthcare workers: health clearance and management

Emergency healthcare workers: exposure prone procedures

ENT and OMFS exposure prone procedure categorisation

General dentistry exposure prone procedure (EPP) categorisation

General surgery exposure prone procedure (EPP) categorisation

Management of HIV-infected healthcare workers

Obstetrics and gynaecology exposure prone procedure (EPP) categorisation

Urology exposure prone procedure (EPP) categorisation

Vascular surgery: exposure prone procedure categories

UKAP publications published before 2014, and relevant guidelines on healthcare worker clearance, HIV, Hepatitis B and Hepatitis C, are available from the archived UKAP webpage, courtesy National Archive.

Enquiries and support

Advice from the UKAP secretariat

Use the UKAP enquiry form to ask about:

  • restricting the practice of healthcare workers living with bloodborne viruses
  • conducting crossmatch, lookback and patient notification exercises after a healthcare worker living with a bloodborne virus has carried out exposure prone procedures on patients
  • categorising clinical procedures as exposure prone
  • local incident management advice

Register EPP healthcare workers onto the UKAP occupational health monitoring register (UKAP-OHR)

If you are an occupational health consultant and would like to add a healthcare worker to UKAP-OHR or have any queries about the register, please contact phe.ukap-ohr@nhs.net or call 020 8327 7553.

Sending personal identifiable information (PII)

If you are sending personal identifiable information (PII) from another NHS.net email account, please email phe.ukap@nhs.net

Contact details

ukap@phe.gov.uk