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 infected with HIV, hepatitis B and hepatitis C. The panel also provides support for local incident management teams and maintains a register of infected healthcare workers.

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

  • to provide supplementary specialist occupational advice to physicians of healthcare workers infected with bloodborne viruses, occupational physicians and professional bodies

  • to advise individual healthcare workers or their advocates how to obtain guidance on working practices

  • to advise directors of public health on patient notification exercises, where these are indicated, of patients treated by healthcare workers infected with bloodborne viruses

  • to 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.

  • Dr Debra Adams
  • Professor Jeremy Bagg
  • Mrs Isabel Boyer (Chair)
  • Mr Paul Burns
  • Mr Christopher Callaghan
  • Dr Christopher Conlon
  • Dr Roger Cooke
  • Dr Kumara Dharmasena
  • Professor David Goldberg (Deputy Chair)
  • Dr David Hawkins
  • Dr George Kassianos
  • Dr Andrea Kellaher
  • Dr Patrick Kennedy
  • Ms Helen Kirk
  • Mrs Joanna Lloyd
  • Dr Wendy Matthews
  • Dr Elizabeth Murphy
  • Professor Keith Neal
  • Dr Julia Smedley
  • Mr Richard Smith
  • Dr Ines Ushiro-Lumb

Publications

Management of HIV-infected healthcare workers

Advice for incident management teams assessing risk of bloodborne virus transmission

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 infected with bloodborne viruses
  • conducting crossmatch, lookback and patient notification exercises after a healthcare worker infected 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 infected with bloodborne viruses for the UKAP-OHR

Use the temporary paper-based UKAP OHR registration form (PDF, 341KB, 3 pages) to add a healthcare worker to the UKAP occupational health monitoring register.

For queries about the register: phe.ukap-ohr@nhs.net or call 0208 327 7553.

UKAP Secretariat

Dr Fortune Ncube
Medical Secretary, UKAP
Consultant Epidemiologist and Consultant in Public Health Medicine
Telephone: 020 8327 6423

Charlotte O’Halloran
Junior Scientist, UKAP
Tel: 0208 327 6074

phe.ukap@nhs.net if mailing from an nhs.net account

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