About HCID Training UK

“Investing in Safety

HCID-training UK was established in 2022 as a partnership between the Health and Safety Executive, Yorkshire ID units and members of the UK airborne and contact HCID Networks. We aim to provide educationally effective, accessible training on the HCID Assessment PPE recommended for use in the UK. We are available to run bespoke courses for hospitals and other groups. Please get in touch to discus your requirements.

HCID Training UK is administered and managed on a non-profit basis by the Department of Infection and Tropical Medicine at Sheffield Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust

Our Story

Our collaboration developed from the need to generate a safe, evidence based HCID assessment PPE ensemble for NHS Staff in the 2016-6 West African Ebola epidemic. To do this, we developed VIOELT, a manikin which simulated pathogen transmission via airborne and contact routes using ultraviolet markers. The result is the UK airborne and contact HCID network consensus PPE for assessment of suspect patients. We subsequently developed the simulation training program to provide an accessible, educationally effective training course on safe use of the PPE for UK healthcare workers.

Our Team

We are a multi-disciplinary faculty of 17 medics, nurses and scientists from the UK airborne and contact HCID Networks, ID centres and Health and safety executive with expertise in clinical education and high-consequence infectious disease management. Our team include infectious disease and virology consultants in HCID leadership roles, research scientists, senior nurses and specialists in HCID infection control, PPE and case management.

Anne is an Infectious Disease Physician and Clinical HCID Lead at at Sheffield Teaching Hospitals. Her interest in HCID , began following work in Toronto during the SARS-CoV-1 outbreak in 2003.
Anne sits on the UK Advisory Committee for Dangerous Pathogens and was involved in rewriting the Viral Haemorrhagic Fever assessment algorithms and management pathway.

Anne Tunbridge
HCID Clinical Lead, Sheffield Teaching Hospitals

Cariad is a Consultant Virologist and Virology HCID Lead at Sheffield Teaching Hospitals.
Cariad co-led, alongside colleagues in the HCID network, on the development of the national Assessment HCID and PAPR HCID PPE ensembles. She is a member of The New and Emerging Respiratory Virus Threats Advisory Group (NERVTAG) and advised the government in response to the COVID pandemic.

Cariad Evans
HCID Virology Lead, Sheffield Teaching Hospitals

Brian is a senior research microbiologist at the Health and Safety Executive. His portfolio includes development of HSE guidance documents on viral haemorrhagic fevers and on high containment laboratory biosafety. Brian played a central role in the development and refinement of the ultraviolet model of contamination and subsequent generation of the evidence-based HCID assessment PE ensemble.

Brian Crook Senior HSE Scientist

Luke is an ST6 Infectious Disease and Microbiology SpR at Sheffield Teaching Hospitals with portfolio interests in HCID epidemic response, infection control and medical education. Luke has responded to several Ebola outbreaks in a variety of roles. He administrates the HCID course in collaboration with partners.

Luke Hunt
Infection SpR, Sheffield Teaching Hospitals

Sam is a senior sister in Infectious Diseases at Sheffield Teaching Hospitals, where she has over 10 years’ experience training clinical teams in HCID PPE and IPC. Alongside training and HCID management, Sam played a key role in the development and refinement of the ultraviolet model and HCID assessment PPE ensemble.  

Sam Farrow
Senior Sister Infectious Diseases

Paul is a senior research scientist at HSE with expertise of exposure assessment for simulated biological pathogens. Paul has responsibility for the use of fluorescence dyes as a marker to visualise exposure including the cough/sneeze simulator, and represents HSE in developing international standards for respiratory exposure methods.

Paul Johnson HSE Safety Advisor

Sustainability

Our aim is to deliver sustainable events which combine content, substance, and engagement with a low carbon footprint.

Diversity

We are committed to developing courses, which are accessible to all, and provide equal opportunity for learning.