Health protection – guidance

Communicable disease outbreak management: operational guidance

Roles and responsibilities of key agencies and the agreed procedures during local and national outbreak investigations.



This document provides operational guidance for the management of outbreaks of communicable disease in England for all parts of Public Health England (PHE) that hold health protection responsibilities. It is a framework for working across the new public health structures in local authorities, NHS England and other relevant bodies and is for use in local and national outbreak management.

This guidance can also be used to support Clinical Commissioning Groups (CCGs) and NHS England Area Teams to make sure that commissioned services have robust plans for responding to an outbreak. Local Health Resilience Partnerships (LHRP) can also use it when putting together Emergency Preparedness Resilience and Response (EPRR) plans.

This document updates the 2012 Health Protection Agency and CIEH communicable disease outbreak plan.