The virus that causes COVID-19 is known to spread in clusters. Identifying these sources of infection is key to reducing spread and one of the best ways to do this is by looking for common exposures.
Dr Isabel Oliver is the Director of the Field Epidemiology Service of Public Health England.
After qualifying in Medicine in Madrid, in 1992, Isabel moved to the UK. She spent the first few years of her career working in acute hospital medicine before specialising in Public Health. Before joining PHE in April 2013 Isabel worked for five years as Regional Director for the Health Protection Agency (HPA) in the South West. Previous roles include consultant regional epidemiologist for the HPA and consultant in public health for the South West Strategic Health Authority. Isabel’s main professional interest is the application of epidemiological methods to protect and public health and she undertakes research in this area. She is an honorary Senior Clinical Lecturer at the University of Bristol.
Isabel is committed to developing the public health and epidemiology workforce of the future and she is am a specialty tutor in the Public Health Specialist Training programme and a supervisor in the UK Field Epidemiology Training Programme (UK FETP) and the European Programme for Intervention Epidemiology Training (EPIET).
We have had some fantastic news recently. More children have been vaccinated against measles and the number of measles infections has reduced. This means that we are getting back on track towards eliminating the disease. Measles has been relatively rare …
Field epidemiology is one of the mainstays of examining outbreaks of infectious disease. Public Health England’s field epidemiology service (FES) contributes to investigating anything from the more common food poisoning incidents to the more exotic such as the new MERS-Coronavirus recently identified …
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