A Public Health Microbiology Strategy for Scotland

04 December 2018

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On 30 November 2018, the Scottish Health Protection Network (SHPN) Public Health Microbiology Group launched ‘A Public Health Microbiology Strategy for Scotland’. According to the strategy, Scotland is in an ‘unrivalled position’ to create a world renowned Public Health Microbiology service and this document sets out the context and steps needed to provide a Public Health Microbiology capacity and capability in line with the current ECDC strategy for all European member states.

The strategy outlines the components of Public Health Microbiology in Scotland, then identifies the functions of the service, setting out its aims and objectives, and finally maps a route forward through co-ordination, integration and governance so that the operational capability can progressively grow and achieve a ‘best for Scotland’ service which could be a model to other countries.

The delivery of progress against the goals of the Public Health Microbiology Strategy will be coordinated by the Public Health Microbiology Group, which is encompassed in the Scottish Health Protection Network (SHPN).