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About Health Protection Scotland

Health Protection Scotland (HPS) was established by the Scottish Government in 2005 to strengthen and co-ordinate health protection in Scotland.Health Protection Scotland Brochure

We plan and deliver effective and specialist national services which co-ordinate, strengthen and support activities aimed at protecting all the people of Scotland from infectious and environmental hazards.

We do this by providing advice, support and information to health professionals, national and local government, the general public and a number of other bodies that play a part in protecting health.

HPS is a division of NHS National Services Scotland which works at the very heart of the health service across Scotland, delivering services critical to frontline patient care and supporting the efficient and effective operation of NHS Scotland.

HPS is organised into three specialist groups with expertise provided by a multi-disciplinary workforce, which includes doctors, nurses, scientists and information staff, all of whom are supported by core business and IM&T teams. The specialist groups are:

  • Healthcare Associated Infections and Infection Control;
  • Blood Borne Viruses and Sexually Transmitted Infections, Immunisation, and Respiratory and Vaccine Preventable Diseases;
  • Gastrointestinal and Zoonoses, Travel, and Environmental Public Health.

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