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Table 2 Percentage of respondents expressing confidence * in the safe delivery of particular health protection functions amongst respondents with PCT, HPU, SHA and RDHPA roles.

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 97 97 100 91 100
Handling of a single meningitis case out of normal working hours 91 90 96 89 100
Establish/ensure effective operation of outbreak control team for 3 linked meningococcal cases 94 93 97 95 100
Establish/ensure effective operation of outbreak control team for 4 community legionnaires' cases. 92 91 100 90 100
Improving uptake of MMR vaccine in under 2 year olds. 74 77 67 59 71
Immunisation training programs for primary care staff 75 79 70 55 43
MMR vaccination programme for university students in response to a large mumps outbreak 75 77 69 68 57
Infection control & reduction of healthcare acquired infections in primary care premises 67 72 55 41 67
Infection control and reduction of healthcare acquired infections in private sector nursing homes 51 53 57 32 33
Infection control & reduction of healthcare acquired infections in community hospitals 73 78 64 44 71
Development of a local strategy for improving sexual health 69 74 60 50 33
Monitoring rates of sexually transmitted infections 60 61 67 50 43
Organisation of the rota for out of hours health protection arrangements 86 86 87 85 100
Factory fire with release of harmful chemicals during normal working hours 82 83 77 82 86
Factory fire with release of harmful chemicals out of normal working hours. 72 74 69 58 67
Managing an outbreak of tuberculosis in a secondary school. 90 89 93 95 100
Investigating an apparent cluster of congenital anomalies attributed in media reports to a nearby landfill site 60 62 57 52 50
Managing a look-back exercise in response to a surgeon carrying hepatitis C 83 80 92 90 100
  1. * the proportion of respondents stating that they were "confident all of the time" or "confident most of the time".
  2. † Percentages in RDHPA column are based on only seven subjects and should therefore be interpreted with caution.