Informing Service Delivery
Surveillance of infectious diseases to inform service delivery and protect public health is carried out at the Institute by the Eastern Field Epidemiology Unit (EFEU). EFEU is one of eight Field Epidemiology Units within the Field Epidemiology Services of Public Health England.
Our surveillance work covers adverse trends and outbreak detection and we undertake and support outbreak investigations within the Eastern Counties, South Midlands and Hertfordshire. Six analytic and seven descriptive epidemiological outbreak investigations were completed in the year ending September 2014.
At local level, we collaborate with Health Protection teams, health service providers, commissioners and local authorities. We act as a bridge between local and national surveillance by working with other Field Epidemiology Units across England and the National Public Health England Departments for Infection, Chemicals and Radiation, and Emergency Response.
Disease reports for professional audiences
We produce timely trend reports on:
■ Respiratory infections (tuberculosis, Legionnaires’ disease, influenza).
■ Health Care Associated Infections and antibiotic resistance (e.g. Clostridium difficile diarrhoea, MRSA bloodstream infections, Carbapenem resistant enterococci).
■ Sexually transmitted infections (e.g. gonorrhoea, syphilis, HIV).
■ Vaccine preventable disease and delivery of vaccination programmes (e.g. mumps, measles, rubella, whooping cough, rotavirus, influenza).
■ Hepatitis viruses B and C infections.
■ Enteric infections and food poisoning (e.g. salmonella, campylobacter, cryptosporidium, norovirus and Vero cytotoxin producing Escherichia coli).