The Government has launched the National Institute for Health Protection (NIHP) to take over Public Health England (PHE) and other bodies.
As had been expected, and as MAP reported on Monday (17 August 2020), PHE will be merged into NIHP along with the NHS Test and Trace service and the Joint Biosecurity Centre (JBC). The interim Executive Chair of NIHP is Baroness Dido Harding, previously the leader of the NHS Test and Trace service.
The Government said:
“The responsibilities of the NIHP will include:
- NIHP local health protection teams to deal with infections and other threats
- support and resources for local authorities to manage local outbreaks
- the COVID-19 testing programme
- contact tracing
- the Joint Biosecurity Centre
- emergency response and preparedness to deal with the most severe incidents at national and local level
- research and reference laboratories and associated services
- specialist epidemiology and surveillance of all infectious diseases
- the Centre for Radiation, Chemical and Environmental Hazards
- global health security
- providing specialistic scientific advice on immunisation and countermeasures”
The new body will begin its work immediately, however full implementation will follow later in 2020.
Read the announcement for more details.