On behalf of the Health Protection Agency, the Association of London Environmental Health Managers delivered a project to improve the standard of Gastrointestinal Infectious Disease investigation and surveillance across London before the 2012 Olympics and Paralympic Games.
The scheme is a clear example of how ALEHM is helping to protect the health and wellbeing of Londoners.
The project’s objectives were:
Exploring barriers to good communication between London Health Protection Units and Environmental Health Services.
Reviewing long-standing procedure on investigation of notifiable gastrointestinal diseases.
Identifying issues with the long-standing notification system.
Making recommendations on how to improve gastrointestinal infectious disease investigation.
The aim of the project is to help establish consistency in gastrointestinal infectious disease notification across all London environmental health services and the four National Health Service health protection units.
What we did
From within the London environmental health community, ALEHM oversaw work to:
establish exploratory dialogue with HPU and EH stakeholders;
undertake a research questionnaire with EH services to further ascertian information about issues of potential improvement; and
undertake semi-structured interviews with HPU Consultants in Communicable Disease Control.
Statistically valid analysis of the survey results were used together with the more narrative results for the interviews and discussions.
The key improvements were:
an agreed joint Memorandum of Understanding;
a toolkit for practitioners;
consistent, London-wide, use of existing software;
exclusive use of electronic notifications; and
a consistent notification pathway.
For more information about this project contact Tay Potier.
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