UKHSA Advisory Board: UKHSA draft international technique

Date: Tuesday 24 January 2023

Sponsor: Scott McPherson, Director Normal, Technique, Coverage and Programmes

Presenter: Scott McPherson

Function of the paper

The aim of the paper is to acquire suggestions from the Advisory Board on the UK Well being Safety Company’s (UKHSA) draft international technique.


The Advisory Board is requested to:

  • endorse the general method to the draft international technique
  • touch upon features of the draft technique that may very well be strengthened
  • observe work to align the worldwide strategic priorities with different UKHSA methods in improvement
  • observe work to align the draft international technique with UK Authorities methods and priorities
  • observe that the Government Committee will contemplate the worldwide technique once more in February 2023

Background abstract

The expertise of the COVID-19 pandemic has demonstrated that the way in which we’ll reply to future well being threats requires a fair higher concentrate on worldwide collaboration along with that required to maintain wonderful scientific data and improvement.

We have to work with our international companions to arrange, guaranteeing we have now sturdy surveillance programs in place that spot harmful new well being threats. We have to reply to them collectively. We additionally must construct capability on the native, nationwide and international stage to make sure the aptitude to reply successfully. We have to work collaboratively to strengthen international well being safety and sort out well being threats at origin.

Working globally additionally supplies a possibility to consistently study from others, benchmark our response preparations and resilience, and helps us enhance our personal expertise (particularly in outbreak response) and inform our personal nationwide scientific prowess and response to well being threats.

UKHSA’s international technique supplies route and descriptions UKHSA’s function within the altering international well being safety panorama as we evolve into the rising period of residing with COVID-19 and preparedness for all exterior hazards. A transparent set of world priorities for the company will enhance our international well being safety outcomes in addition to help funding, service and coverage supply selections. This may finally align teams round a unified method to international well being safety in order that we are able to higher put together for, stop and reply to threats to well being.

In growing the draft international technique we consulted throughout the company in addition to our companions throughout authorities, together with the Division of Well being and Social Care (DHSC), the International Commonwealth and Improvement Workplace, Cupboard Workplace and the Division for Surroundings, Meals and Rural Affairs (Defra). The UKHSA Government Committee thought-about the worldwide technique at their assembly on 24 November 2022. The model offered to the Advisory Board takes into consideration the feedback made throughout that assembly.

The draft international technique aligns with UKHSA’s draft three-year strategic priorities, which have beforehand been shared with the Advisory Board. We’re participating with different authorities departments to align to each current and new UK priorities. The Built-in Overview of Safety, Defence, Improvement and International Coverage and the Organic Safety Technique are each being refreshed, and the cross-government International Well being Strategic Framework is being developed. UKHSA may have a key function in implementing these and our international strategic priorities ought to replicate this.

Alongside the technique we’re growing an implementation plan detailing the remits, tasks and supply plans of UKHSA’s international strategic priorities. As soon as the technique is accepted, the worldwide technique crew may even start monitoring progress on our international priorities, in alignment with broader UKHSA and cross-government international reporting.

Future dates

The Government Committee will contemplate the ultimate model of the worldwide technique in February 2023. A plan detailing key international priorities the company ought to concentrate on in 2023, and the way we’re going to ship them, will likely be shared with the Advisory Board within the spring.

Scott McPherson
Director Normal, Technique, Coverage and Programmes
January 2023

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