PHE's health protection teams work alongside the NHS, local authorities and emergency services providing specialist support in communicable disease, infection control and emergency planning.
HPS staff, based in health protection units, provide specialist advice and operational support for the local NHS, local authorities and other agencies during health protection incidents.
Specialist Microbiology Services is a network of laboratories operating across England, providing clinical and public health microbiology tests for either the NHS and clinical health sector, or in testing food, water and environmental samples (FW&E) for local authorities and other stakeholders.
The Emergency Response Department, on behalf of the Department of Health, designs and delivers exercises and training across England for the NHS to improve preparedness for incidents such as infectious diseases, natural hazards, CBRN events and new or re-emerging health threats.
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