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Health Clearance for Tuberculosis, Hepatitis B, Hepatitis C and HIV for New Healthcare Workers with Direct Clinical Contact with Patient

DescriptionHealth Clearance for Tuberculosis, Hepatitis B, Hepatitis C and HIV for new Healthcare Workers with direct clinical contact with patients.
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Official Print Publication DateMay 2008
Website Publication DateMay 06, 2008

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ISBN 978 0 7559 6998 2

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Contents

Summary

Introduction

Summary of Action
Standard Health Clearance
Additional Health Clearance
Timing of Health Checks
Existing health checks

Categories of New Healthcare Workers
Medical students
Nursing students
Dentistry
Other students
Healthcare workers performing exposure-prone procedures ( EPPs) for the first time
Healthcare workers returning to the NHS who may have been exposed to serious communicable diseases
Healthcare workers from locum and recruitment agencies, including NHS professionals
Healthcare workers in the independent healthcare sector

Standard health checks for serious communicable diseases for healthcare workers new to the NHS
Tuberculosis ( TB)
Preventing infection in healthcare settings: occupational health
Offer of Hepatitis B immunisation
Offer of testing for hepatitis C: non- EPP workers
Offer of testing for HIV: non- EPP workers

Additional health checks for serious communicable diseases for healthcare workers new to the NHS who will perform EPPs and existing workers new to EPPs
Hepatitis B
Hepatitis C
HIV

Other considerations
Overseas recruitment
Laboratory tests
Identification and validation of samples submitted for testing
Laboratories
Health clearance certificates
Healthcare workers applying for posts or training involving exposure-prone procedures who decline to be tested
Occupational health advice
Confidentiality
Publicising the new arrangements to prospective employees and students
Audit and surveillance

Annex A - Extract from Immunisation against infectious disease
Annex B - Exposure-prone procedures ( EPPs)
Annex C - Regulatory bodies' statements on professional responsibilities