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EPIET - European Programme for Intervention Epidemiology Training

The ECDC plans to recruit for the 14th cohort of fellows in the European Programme for Intervention Epidemiology Training (EPIET), starting in September 2008. The aim of the EPIET training is to enable the fellow to assume service responsibilities in communicable disease epidemiology. The in-service training will focus on outbreak investigations, disease surveillance, applied research, and communications with decision makers, the media, the public and the scientific community. Fellows will attend a three-week intensive introductory course and then be located in a host institute in one of the participating training sites in EU Member States and Norway.

Detailed information about the EPIET programme can be obtained from the EPIET programme website at

Vacancy notice for application can be found on the website for European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control at


Promoting Effective Immunisation Practice

Promoting Effective Immunisation Practice is an online immunisation education resource that has been developed by Health Protection Scotland and NHS Education Scotland. The resource is intended for all health professionals involved in immunisation, including public health nurses, GPs and practice nurses and is based on agreed national standards for immunisation practice.

To access Promoting Effective Immunisation Practice go to

For further information, see the guide: Promoting Effective Immunisation Practice: A guide for students, mentors and their employers

Clinician's Guide to Recognition and Early Management of Meningococcal Disease in Children

Online version

Launched in May 2007, this interactive e-learning tool enables doctors to learn from real cases of meningitis and septicaemia. It is based on a nationwide study that showed where doctors make errors in diagnosis and management. Integrating text, video clips, clinical photos, sound files, charts, and illustrations, the tool allows the user to evaluate steps in the diagnosis and management of each case presented.

The main aims of the tool are to show doctors in training:

  • The clinical differences between septicaemia and meningitis
  • How to assess a febrile child for signs of invasive bacterial infection
  • How to assess and start managing sick children with meningococcal disease
  • An outline of basic management in line with the algorithm Early Management of Meningococcal Disease in Children (5th edition) 2

This material is available as a booklet entitled Lessons from research for doctors in training: Recognition and early management of meningococcal disease in children and young people - 2nd edition.

The original booklet (the "parent" of the current e-learning tool) was launched in 2004. When it was evaluated, doctors asked for it to be made available in electronic format.  Doctors also asked for more clinical photos, more cases with positive outcomes, and information on lumbar puncture and on public health management were also requested, and the current resources include this.

Infection Control

Collaboration with NES

In 2003, NHS Education for Scotland's (NES) Cleanliness Champions programme was launched. This project was established by NES on behalf of the Scottish Executive Health Department, whose aim is to identify at least one individual in each area where patients are cared for in order to equip them with the skills and knowledge to support infection control. The Infection Control Team have been involved in groups that have been formed to develop and oversee this programme. Further information can be obtained on the NES website.

Scottish Surveillance of Healthcare Associated Infection Programme (SSHAIP)

SSHAIP offer training in HAI surveillance both centrally and locally, in order to support the implementation of the programme. These training events each take half a day and are run according to demand. If you are interested in any of the training sessions, please contact Sonja Findlay by email or phone 0141 300 1922 and your name will be placed on our reservation list and you will be notified of when the next session is being run.

Training on Surgical Site Infection Surveillance

Including presentations on Data Management, Quality Assurance and Reporting for SSI Surveillance; Ensuring Valid and Reliable SSI Surveillance Data; and Closing the Surveillance Cycle

Training on Catheter Associated Urinary Tract Infection Surveillance

Including Training Presentation; Case Scenario Exercise; amd Training Question & Answers

Travel Health

A New Benchmark Examination for Travel Medicine Practitioners

Membership of the Faculty of Travel Medicine (MFTM)

The Faculty of Travel Medicine of the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Glasgow is pleased to announce the development of a new assessment. Success will provide the main route into Membership of the Faculty.

Who is the examination for?

Doctors, nurses and other health care professionals, principally pharmacists, who have been in whole-time, or cumulative part-time travel medicine practice for one year and who demonstrate commitment to continuing professional development.

What is the examination format?

There are two parts to the examination:

Part 1 comprises a multiple choice paper lasting 3 hours, including 100 single best answer and 100 extended matching item questions.

Part 2 comprises an Objective Structured Clinical Examination (OSCE) consisting of up to 20 stations.

How can I find out more?

For information on dates,costs and venues please access or email us at this address:

We welcome all enquiries regarding this new assessment and are interested in receiving expressions of interest in the first instance.

Yellow Fever

As part of the Yellow Fever Vaccination Centre (YFVC) programme, HPS is responsible for implementing and monitoring mandatory training for designated YFVCs in Scotland. This training is only open to registered YFVCs in Scotland or those applying to become designated.