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Posts about the work of the Health Protection directorate

Health Effects of Climate Change: the health threat from vector-borne diseases

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A scientist checking marsh water for mosquito larvae.

In this blog post, we take a look at the current status of vector-borne diseases in the UK, as well as the vital work being carried out by our specialist entomology team to assess, understand and address the health threats that mosquitoes and ticks pose.

How GPs help us monitor the spread of flu and the effectiveness of vaccines

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Close up of a female clinician's hands holding cotton swab and test tube.

Established in 1957, the Royal College of GPs Research and Surveillance Centre is one of Europe's oldest general practice sentinel networks. It is an active research and surveillance unit that collects and monitors data from over 2000 practices across England and Wales.

The RCGP collaborates with the University of Oxford, and UK Health Security Agency (UKHSA) in the running of the RSC, and in this blog we will explore the importance of surveillance data how it underpins our understanding of our health across the nation.

Taking a place-based approach to tackling hepatitis in prisons

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Prisons are complex settings in which to deliver healthcare, and people in prisons and under probation service supervision have higher levels of health and social care needs than others in the community.

This is due to multiple overlapping factors such as adverse childhood experiences, a history of poor housing and a lack of engagement with healthcare.