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World J Clin Infect Dis. Feb 25, 2016; 6(1): 1-5
Published online Feb 25, 2016. doi: 10.5495/wjcid.v6.i1.1
National preparedness training and exercises for Ebola cases in the United Kingdom
Andrew D Black, Hilary J Moulsdale, Mark R Evans, John L Simpson
Andrew D Black, Hilary J Moulsdale, Mark R Evans, John L Simpson, Emergency Response Department, Public Health England, Salisbury SP4 0JG, United Kingdom
Author contributions: Black AD performed the majority of the writing and coordinated the writing of the paper and prepared the figures; Moulsdale HJ, Evans MR and Simpson JL contributed to the writing.
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Correspondence to: Andrew D Black, MD, Emergency Response Department, Public Health England, Porton, Salisbury SP4 0JG, United Kingdom.
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Received: May 27, 2015
Peer-review started: May 30, 2015
First decision: August 14, 2015
Revised: September 25, 2015
Accepted: December 9, 2015
Article in press: December 11, 2015
Published online: February 25, 2016

In response to the outbreak of Ebola Virus Disease in West Africa, the Emergency Response Department of Public Health England produced a series of training and exercising materials to help prepare health and partner organisations in England and other jurisdictions in the United Kingdom deal with a possible case of Ebola in the United Kingdom. They were produced with input from health (NHS England, Health Protection Scotland, Public Health Wales) and other partner organisations. The exercising materials have been used by colleagues working in national and local level organisations in the United Kingdom and other countries in the European Union. Presented here is a description of these training and exercising materials and how they were delivered to the end user.

Keywords: Public health England, Exercises, Training, Ebola, Preparedness

Core tip: This review summarises the public health training and exercising materials produced by Public Health England and used by national and local health responders to prepare for a case of Ebola Virus Disease in the United Kingdom. It describes the different training and exercise materials developed, how they were used and how they were delivered to their target audiences.