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.


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


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

  • Dr Debra Adams (Infection Prevention expert)
  • Professor Jeremy Bagg (Dental expert)
  • Mrs Isabel Boyer (Chair)
  • Mr Christopher Callaghan (Surgery expert)
  • Dr Christopher Conlon (Infectious Diseases expert)
  • Dr Roger Cooke (Emergency Medicine expert)
  • Mr Chris Cox (Legal expert)
  • Dr Kumara Dharmasena (Microbiology expert)
  • Ms Kay Francis (Midwifery expert)
  • Professor David Goldberg (Deputy Chair)
  • Dr Ali Hashtroudi (Occupational Health expert)
  • Dr David Hawkins (Genitourinary Medicine expert)
  • Dr George Kassianos (General Medical Practitioner expert)
  • Dr Andrea Kellaher (Anaesthetist expert)
  • Dr Patrick Kennedy (Clinical Hepatology expert)
  • Ms Helen Kirk (Occupational Health Nursing expert)
  • Mrs Joanna Lloyd (Lay member)
  • Dr Wendy Matthews (Emergency Medicine expert)
  • Dr Elizabeth Murphy (Advisory Group on Hepatitis expert)
  • Professor Keith Neal (Consultant in Communicable Disease Control expert)
  • Dr Alison Rimmer (Occupational Health expert)
  • Mr Richard Smith (Obstetrics and Gynaecology expert)
  • Dr Ines Ushiro-Lumb (Medical Virology expert)


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: 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 if mailing from an account

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