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FOI release

FOI – 000172 Expertise of members in UK IPC Cell (HTML)

Published on 05 August 2022

Date received – 22 July 2022 | Date responded – 05 August 2022

Request

APRHAI Scotland say they do not hold this information for Scotland and have directed me to you to obtain it. (Please see here: https://www.whatdotheyknow.com/request/specialisms_and_expertise_of_rep_5#comment-107280).

I wish to know the expertise and/or specialisms of the members and advisors from Scotland of the UK IPC Cell. I do not require their names or individual details , but I would like to know what their expertise is.

I would like to know how many there are of each of the following there are:

(a) infectious diseases doctors or nurses? (b) virologists? (c) public health officials? (d) epidemiologists? (e) health service managers? (f) occupational or air hygienists (g) aerosol scientists (h) natural ventilation engineers (i) mechanical ventilation engineers (j) are there other specialisms from ARHAI on the UK IPC Cell which are not mentioned above, and if so what specialisms are they and how many people are in each? (k) what is the total number of experts from ARHAI who are members and/or advisors of the IPC Cell?

Response

I would like to know how many there are of each of the following there are:

(a) infectious diseases doctors or nurses?

Under Section 17 of the Freedom of Information Scotland Act an organisation does not require to provide information if it does not hold that information. NHS National Services Scotland (NSS) does not hold this information. NSS Procurement, Commissioning and Facilities (PCF) can confirm that there was no one else other than those mentioned in answers (j) & (k) below, on the UK IPC Cell within the organisation.

(b) virologists?

Under Section 17 of the Freedom of Information Scotland Act an organisation does not require to provide information if it does not hold that information. NSS does not hold this information. NSS PCF can confirm that there was no one else other than those mentioned in answers (j) & (k) below, on the UK IPC Cell within the organisation.

(c) public health officials?

Under Section 17 of the Freedom of Information Scotland Act an organisation does not require to provide information if it does not hold that information. NSS does not hold this information. NSS PCF can confirm that there was no one else other than those mentioned in answers (j) & (k) below, on the UK IPC Cell within the organisation.

(d) epidemiologists?

Under Section 17 of the Freedom of Information Scotland Act an organisation does not require to provide information if it does not hold that information. NSS does not hold this information. NSS PCF can confirm that there was no one else other than those mentioned in answers (j) & (k) below, on the UK IPC Cell within the organisation.

(e) health service managers?

Under Section 17 of the Freedom of Information Scotland Act an organisation does not require to provide information if it does not hold that information. NSS does not hold this information. NSS PCF can confirm that there was no one else other than those mentioned in answers (j) & (k) below, on the UK IPC Cell within the organisation.

(f) occupational or air hygienists

Under Section 17 of the Freedom of Information Scotland Act an organisation does not require to provide information if it does not hold that information. NSS does not hold this information. NSS PCF can confirm that there was no one else other than those mentioned in answers (j) & (k) below, on the UK IPC Cell within the organisation.

(g) aerosol scientists

Under Section 17 of the Freedom of Information Scotland Act an organisation does not require to provide information if it does not hold that information. NSS does not hold this information. NSS PCF can confirm that there was no one else other than those mentioned in answers (j) & (k) below, on the UK IPC Cell within the organisation.

(h) natural ventilation engineers

Under Section 17 of the Freedom of Information Scotland Act an organisation does not require to provide information if it does not hold that information. NSS does not hold this information. NSS PCF can confirm that there was no one else other than those mentioned in answers (j) & (k) below, on the UK IPC Cell within the organisation.

(i) mechanical ventilation engineers

Under Section 17 of the Freedom of Information Scotland Act an organisation does not require to provide information if it does not hold that information. NSS does not hold this information. NSS PCF can confirm that there was no one else other than those mentioned in answers (j) & (k) below, on the UK IPC Cell within the organisation.

(j) are there other specialisms from ARHAI on the UK IPC Cell which are not mentioned above, and if so what specialisms are they and how many people are in each?

There are 3 Infection Prevention and Control Nurses and 1 Healthcare Scientist.

(k) what is the total number of experts from ARHAI who are members and/or advisors of the IPC Cell?

There are 4 experts from ARHAI who are members and/or advisors of the IPC Cell.

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