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Table 1 Percentage of respondents with PCT, HPU, SHA and RDHPA roles expressing concordant* views of who should, and who does, deliver particular health protection functions.

From: Public health professionals' perceptions toward provision of health protection in England: a survey of expectations of Primary Care Trusts and Health Protection Units in the delivery of health protection

  Respondent     
Health protection function All PCT role HPU role SHA role RDHPA †
Handling of a single meningitis case during normal working hours 98 98 100 90 100
Handling of a single meningitis case out of normal working hours 78 77 85 80 83
Establish/ensure effective operation of outbreak control team for 3 linked meningococcal cases 94 93 100 91 100
Establish/ensure effective operation of outbreak control team for 4 community legionnaires' cases. 92 89 100 100 100
Improving uptake of MMR vaccine in under 2 year olds. 84 85 83 73 100
Immunisation training programs for primary care staff 80 82 83 68 57
MMR vaccination program for university students in response to a large mumps outbreak 76 75 86 68 86
Infection control & reduction of healthcare acquired infections in primary care premises 86 87 83 86 71
Infection control and reduction of healthcare acquired infections in private sector nursing homes 77 76 82 81 57
Infection control & reduction of healthcare acquired infections in community hospitals 83 82 80 89 83
Development of a local strategy for improving sexual health 93 93 97 91 71
Monitoring rates of sexually transmitted infections 79 77 87 86 100
Organisation of the rota for out of hours health protection arrangements 84 82 93 91 86
Factory fire with release of harmful chemicals during normal working hours 92 93 90 86 86
Factory fire with release of harmful chemicals out of normal working hours. 86 85 96 85 83
Managing an outbreak of tuberculosis in a secondary school. 90 88 90 100 100
Investigating an apparent cluster of congenital anomalies attributed in media reports to a nearby landfill site 75 73 93 70 71
Managing a look-back exercise in response to a surgeon carrying hepatitis C 90 90 83 95 100
  1. * We defined a response as 'concordant' if a respondent's views of who should and who does deliver a particular health protection function described the same lead organisation.
  2. † Percentages in RDHPA column are based on only seven subjects and should therefore be interpreted with caution.