Functions of HPSC
HPSC has six main areas of responsibility:
- Surveillance of some of the major communicable diseases. By surveillance, we mean:
Operational support - providing expert advice to, and responding to requests for support from, departments of public health or hospitals;
Training for professionals working in communicable disease control;
Research - identifying and developing best practice in communicable diseases;
Policy advice - providing advice to government departments and appropriate agencies in relation to the development of standards, guidelines and practices, and promoting the adoption of best practice by different agencies;
Public information - providing information on infectious diseases to the public and the media.
- Collecting data
- Collating it
- Analysing it and
- Communicating information to those who need to know
Health Protection Surveillance Centre, 25-27 Middle Gardiner St, Dublin 1, Ireland.
t: +353 1 8765300
f: +353 1 8561299
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