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

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

Role

UKAP gives advice and 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 and hepatitis B 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 the UK Health Security Agency (UKHSA) appoints members with specialist medical and scientific expertise, as well as lay members. The current list of members on the UKAP panel are as follows:

  • Dr Christopher Conlon (Infectious Diseases expert)
  • Dr Mat Donati (Virology expert)
  • Ms Kay Francis (Midwifery expert)
  • Dr Prosenjit Giri (Occupational Health expert)
  • Professor David Goldberg (Chair and Epidemiology and Public Health expert)
  • Dr Ali Hashtroudi (Occupational Health expert)
  • Dr David Hawkins (Deputy Chair and Genitourinary Medicine expert)
  • Dr George Kassianos (General Practice expert)
  • Dr Patrick Kennedy (Clinical Hepatology expert)
  • Ms Helen Kirk (Occupational Health Nursing expert)
  • Mrs Joanna Lloyd (Lay member)
  • Dr Vanessa MacGregor (Communicable Disease Control expert)
  • Dr Wendy Matthews (Emergency Medicine expert)
  • Dr Kirsty Roy (Health Protection expert)
  • Dr Richard Smith (Obstetrics and Gynaecology expert)
  • Dr Melanie Wilson (Dental Expert)

Observers

  • Dr Naresh Chada (Northern Irish Observer)
  • Ms Emma Stapley (English Observer)
  • Ms Katherine Evans (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

Hepatitis C: risk in healthcare workers pre 2007 clearance review

Exposure prone procedures categorisation documents

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

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

If you are concerned following the identification of a healthcare worker living with a bloodborne virus, please fill in the UKAP enquiry form. The information in this form will help guide investigations into whether further actions may be needed.

For all other queries, please contact the UKAP secretariat at ukap@phe.gov.uk

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

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 ukapohr@phe.gov.uk