4 February 2014

In August 2013, the Chief Medical Officer for England announced a change in policy to remove restrictions on healthcare workers (HCWs) with HIV practising exposure-prone procedures (EPPs).

Public Health England (PHE) has now published interim guidance on the implementation of this policy, available at http://bit.ly/1gwA2Pz.

It has confirmed that the web-based register, UKAP-OHR (UK Advisory Panel for healthcare workers infected with bloodborne viruses – Occupational Health Monitoring Register for BBV-infected HCWs) will be available in April 2014.

Occupational Health physicians who wish to register an individual before that time are advised to use the interim paper-based registration system being provided by PHE.

The registration form for the paper-based system can be downloaded from the above web address.

PHS emphasises that confidential information should not be sent by email unless from another nhs.net address. For any general enquiries about UKAP-OHR, it invites contacts via phe.ukap-ohr@nhs.net or by calling 0208 327 6446.