Public Health England - PHE (formerly the Health Protection Agency) has collected mandatory Escherichia coli data since 2011. Prior to this date voluntary data were collected from laboratory reports.
In June 2011 surveillance of E. coli became mandatory; since then PHE has been managing this mandatory system on behalf of the Department of Health (DH).
The results of the mandatory Escherichia coli enhanced surveillance scheme:
The Department of Health (DH) has asked NHS acute Trusts to report episodes of Escherichia coli bacteraemia to PHE through the established enhanced mandatory surveillance Data Capture System (DCS); with effect from 1 June 2011. This is following a year-on-year increase in Gram-negative bacteraemia as reported by PHE via the voluntary surveillance system and an ARHAI recommendation to commence E. coli bacteraemia surveillance.
The purpose of the enhanced surveillance is to gather information on the phenomenon of increasing reports of Gram-negative bacteraemia and particularly E. coli bacteraemia. This information will allow more accurate determination of possible interventions to prevent avoidable bacteraemias.
Further guidance and answers to frequently asked questions are now available in addition to a reporting form to aid with data collection.
HPR bacteraemia reports
Routine and annual bacteraemia reports are available from the Health Protection Report site. From the HPR Bacteraemia reports, select a year to review archives.