Department of Health [ UK PHE ]

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Involved in the following projects during the 3rd programme

3rd Health Programme (2014-2020)
Joint Action to Strengthen Health preparedness and response to Biological and Chemical terror attacks. [JA TERROR]
Europe have experienced several terror attacks in recent years. Health preparedness and cross sectoral response also involves planning for terror attacks including biological or chemical agents. To be...
Europe have experienced several terror attacks in recent years. Health preparedness and cross sectoral response also involves planning for terror attacks including biological or chemical agents. To be better prepared to handle these types of terror attacks EU have set up a call, as part of the Third Health Programme 2014-2020, to develop a proposal for Joint Action to Strengthen Health Preparedness and Response to Biological and Chemical Terror Attacks. This acronym for the Joint Action is JA BICTRA.

The JA BICTRA is under development, and the main objectives are to (1) to address gaps in health preparedness and (2) the urgent need to strengthen cross-sectoral work with the security, civil protection and health sectors.
The coordinator, has in the development of the proposal, focused on attracting relevant technical expertise from health, law enforcement and civil defense sectors to support delivery on the main objectives.
The work of the Joint Action will be done in eight work packages. Four of which are core work packages: coordination, dissemination, evaluation and integration & sustainability. And four technical work packages that will be addressing the following areas: preparedness and response planning, cross sectorial collaboration, risk and crisis communication and novel threats.
The proposal is supported by 18 applicants, and at the time of submission it includes 34 affiliated entities. If successful, the project will have a running time of 36 months.

Start date: 01/01/2021 - End date: 31/12/2023

Call: Joint Actions under the Annual Work Programme 2019 of 3HP
Topic: Joint Action to strengthen health preparedness and response to biological and chemical terror attacks
3rd Health Programme (2014-2020)
Joint Action on Dementia 2015-2018 [DEM 2]
Joint Action on Dementia 2015-2018The Joint Action will focus on two phases on work: approximately 12 months on developing a consensus on the best evidence of effective action in 4 key areas (diagnosi...
Joint Action on Dementia 2015-2018The Joint Action will focus on two phases on work: approximately 12 months on developing a consensus on the best evidence of effective action in 4 key areas (diagnosis and post-diagnostic support; crisis and care coordination; quality of care in residential care settings; and dementia-friendly communities); and approximately 24 months on testing the best evidence of effective action in localities to develop a greater understanding of how change can be taken forward in practice.In addition, there will be 3 additional components: evaluation of the joint action (outputs and quality: dissemination; and overall coordination of this project.The project will be achieved through collaborative effort, with the 4 main work plans having identified leads or co-leads and other countries contributing time to the work.
Start date: 01/03/2016 - End date: 31/10/2019

Call: Grants for actions co-financed with Member State authorities 2014 (Joint Actions)
Topic: Dementia Joint Action
3rd Health Programme (2014-2020)
Strengthened International HeAlth Regulations and Preparedness in the EU - Joint Action [SHARP JA]
The SHARP Joint Action will strengthen implementation of Decision 1082/2013/EU, supporting the EU level preparedness and responses to health threats and the implementation of the International Health ...
The SHARP Joint Action will strengthen implementation of Decision 1082/2013/EU, supporting the EU level preparedness and responses to health threats and the implementation of the International Health Regulations (2005). The Joint Action implements actions mentioned in Annex 1 of the Annual Work plan 2018 of the EU Health Programme 2014-2020.
Through the Joint Action, the member and partner states and the Unions common ability to prevent, detect and respond to biological outbreaks, chemical contamination and environmental and unknown threats to human health will be strengthened. Special efforts will be employed to fill gaps that have been or will be identified in priority countries (countries that have biggest gaps in the capacity required for full IHR capability). The Joint action consists of 10 Work Packages, covering core public health capacities according to the IHR (2005). In addition to a coordination function, these will cover areas such as Communication, Evaluation, Sustainability, IHR core capacity, Preparedness, Laboratories, Training and exercises, Chemical threats and Clinical management.
SHARP will also collaborate with several other Joint Actions, specifically the “Healthy Gateways” that addresses Points of Entry, the Joint Action on Vaccination (EU-JAV) and the Joint Action on Antimicrobial Resistance (EU-JAMRAI).
The partnership of the joint action consists of 26 Associated Partners and 33 Affiliated Entities, which all will receive Commission co-funding. In addition there are 9 Collaborating Partners that will self-fund all activities that they participate in. Totally 30 countries (24 EU members, 3 EEA/EFTA members and 3 European neighborhood countries) participate in the Joint Action. The SHARP JA will liaise with and collaborate with the ECDC, the WHO EURO regional office and the WHO Health Emergency and IHR unit in Lyon, and IANPHI in relevant activities. Special emphasis will be made to avoid duplication of work for the member states.

Start date: 01/04/2019 - End date: 31/03/2023

Call: Joint Actions 2018
Topic: Joint Action to strengthen preparedness including laboratories in the EU against serious cross-border threats to health and support the implementation of International Health Regula...
Topic: Joint Action to strengthen preparedness including laboratories in the EU against serious cross-border threats to health and support the implementation of International Health Regulations (IHR)
3rd Health Programme (2014-2020)
Preparedness and action at points of entry [Healthy GateWays]
The action aims at supporting cooperation and coordination of Member States (MS) to improve their capacities at points of entry (PoE) including ports, airports and ground crossings, in preventing and ...
The action aims at supporting cooperation and coordination of Member States (MS) to improve their capacities at points of entry (PoE) including ports, airports and ground crossings, in preventing and combating cross-border health threats from the transport sector. In future public health emergencies of international concern, the action will move from interepidemic mode to emergency mode supporting coherent response as per Decision No 1082/2013/EU, International Health Regulations and temporary recommendations. The action objectives will be achieved through: a) facilitating exchange of identified best practices for management of public health events, vector surveillance and control, contingency planning, validated preparedness and response plans and options for improved detection and surveillance of public health events at PoE; b) supporting MS in validating contingency plans by using assessment tools and conduct of tabletop/simulation exercises; c) providing distance and face-to-face training at local, national, European levels about contingency planning and management of events due to infections, vectors, chemical, environmental or other agents at PoE; d) supporting rapid information exchange through electronic tools by the established network for PoE; e) supporting execution of inspections on ships and airplanes; f) producing guidelines to be used by MS for dealing with chemical threats, inter-country communication and information flow in outbreak investigations and management of events on ships, for vector surveillance and control activities at PoE, for inspecting aircrafts and ships including their cargoes for vectors and auditing guidelines for hygiene inspections on ships; g) supporting intersectorial cooperation by promoting implementation of MoU among different sectors at PoE and organizing exchange of visits and exercises among PoE of neighbouring countries. The action falls under the thematic priority 2.2 of Annex I of the 2017 Annual Work Programme.
Start date: 01/05/2018 - End date: 30/04/2022

Call: Joint Actions 2017
Topic: Joint Action on preparedness and action at points of entry (air, maritime and ground crossing
3rd Health Programme (2014-2020)
Reaching the hard-to-reach: Increasing access and vaccine uptake among prison population in Europe [RISE-Vac]
Tackling low vaccine coverage (VC) is a key area for action. Despite efforts, pockets of unvaccinated individuals persist in Europe. People in prison constitute a sizeable fraction of the population, ...
Tackling low vaccine coverage (VC) is a key area for action. Despite efforts, pockets of unvaccinated individuals persist in Europe. People in prison constitute a sizeable fraction of the population, in absolute number and for its rapid turnover. Incarcerated individuals largely belong to socially-deprived communities with low socio-economic status and education level, high disease burden and prevalence of risk behaviours; and often, sub-optimal access to care. Prisons may be a gateway to offer appropriate and high quality healthcare and vaccination services to individuals while in detention.
To respond to this public health priority, the RISE-Vac consortium brings together multisectorial skills, solid experience and well established networks in the prison health field, reflecting epidemiological and structural diversities of European context.
RISE-Vac aims at improving the health of prison population in Europe by promoting vaccine literacy (VL), enhancing vaccine offer and increasing vaccine uptake (VU). Using state-of-the-art methodologies, RISE-Vac will gather existing evidence on vaccination strategies and services targeting people in prison and combine it with prospectively collected data on (i) attitude and VL among prison population and staff; (ii) vaccination status and VU during incarceration. RISE-Vac will use a co-creation approach to develop information and training materials tailored to people in prison and staff to increase their VL. Models of vaccination delivery will be devised and piloted to respond to the needs of prison population, prison settings characteristics and national priorities. Benefits resulting from RISE-Vac activities will accrue also in the general population, increasing overall VC. By upholding the principle that prison health is public health, the RISE-Vac project will provide tools and data-driven, evidence-based options to guide European countries in improving health status of people in prison and European population at large.
Start date: 01/05/2021 - End date: 30/04/2024

Call: Call for Proposals for Project Grants under the Annual Work Programme 2020 of the 3rd EU Health Programme
Topic: Increased access to vaccination for disadvantaged, isolated and difficult to reach groups of population
3rd Health Programme (2014-2020)
Efficient response to highly dangerous and emerging pathogens at EU level [EMERGE]
The human population is confronted with emerging and re-emerging infectious pathogens that can cause serious cross-border outbreaks. A recent example is the Ebola outbreak requiring strong diagnostic,...
The human population is confronted with emerging and re-emerging infectious pathogens that can cause serious cross-border outbreaks. A recent example is the Ebola outbreak requiring strong diagnostic, clinical, and public health measures in Europe and abroad in order to get this incident under control. The JA EMERGE is in compliance with the European policy (Decision No 1082/2013/EU) where the need for an efficient, rapid and coordinated response to high threat pathogens is defined. The JA EMERGE comprises a European network with more then 40 diagnostic laboratories focused on risk group 3 bacteria and risk groups 3 and 4 viruses. It will act in a so-called inter-epidemic mode (IEM) which can be activated and switched into an outbreak response mode (ORM) on request by the Health Security Committee in order to direct all activities to the outbreak management. A number of other laboratory networks, institutions and agencies are contributing to the management of cross-border infectious outbreaks. EMERGE will provide a platform for establishment and consolidation of a common, coordinated and effective response to infectious disease outbreaks at EU level and abroad (WP4). State of the art and new diagnostic methods for high threat pathogens, including in-house and commercial kits, will be evaluated for their applicability and recommended in outbreak situations when suitable (WP5). External quality assurance exercises will ensure best approaches for laboratory responsiveness in outbreak situations (WP6). These activities must be supported by an appropriate training to share best practices of diagnostics and bio-risk management (WP7). In conclusion, the general objective will be to ensure efficient response to serious emergent and re-emergent cross-border events by reinforcing the existing EU network of BSL 3 and BSL 4 laboratories which are already active in the field of identification of dangerous bacterial and viral human pathogens.
Start date: 01/06/2015 - End date: 31/03/2019

Call: Grants for actions co-financed with Member State authorities 2014 (Joint Actions)
Topic: Pathogens Joint Action
3rd Health Programme (2014-2020)
Promoting Implementation of Recommendations on Policy, Information and Data for Rare Diseases [RD-ACTION]
Rare diseases (RD) have been identified as one of the paradigmatic fields in which actions conducted at the European level constitute the adequate response to their specific problems: poor recognition...
Rare diseases (RD) have been identified as one of the paradigmatic fields in which actions conducted at the European level constitute the adequate response to their specific problems: poor recognition leading to diagnostic delay and inappropriate management including adapted social services, poor health outcomes, social burden, limited knowledge on natural history and pathophysiology leading to an insufficient development of new therapies. The low prevalence and the specificity of RD make that a global, multi-stakeholder approach, intended to gather specific expertise and to build shared strategies is necessary to address these issues.
The general objectives of RD-Action are to:
▪ Support the further development and sustainability of the Orphanet database, the biggest global repository of information on RD
▪ Contribute to solutions to ensure an appropriate codification of RD in health information systems
▪ Continue implementation of the priorities identified in Council Recommendation 2009/C151/02 and the Commission Communication (COM 2008 679) on RD, with a view to ensuring the sustainability of the recommended priority actions and to support the work of the Commission Expert Group on Rare Diseases (CEGRD).
This JA will expand and consolidate the achievements of the former JAs on RD supported by the European Commission: the Orphanet JA and the EUCERD JA. More precisely, this proposal has the ambition to help member states to implement the recommended measures adopted or to be adopted by the CEGRD and to produce the data necessary for countries to do so. Interactions between the production of data at the Orphanet database level and the implementation of policy priorities including codification will be strengthened during this JA.RD-Action large geographical coverage is key to success as it will promote the transfer of European recommendations into national policies and the collection of information and concerns from MS to the CEGRD, thus to the European Commission.

Start date: 01/06/2015 - End date: 31/07/2018

Call: Grants for actions co-financed with Member State authorities 2014 (Joint Actions)
Topic: Rare Disease Joint Action
3rd Health Programme (2014-2020)
Joint Action on integrating prevention, testing and linkage to care strategies acros HIV, viral hepatitis, TB and STIs in Europe (INTEGRATE) [INTEGRATE]
The “Joint Action on integrating prevention, testing and link to care strategies across HIV, Viral Hepatitis, TB & STIs in Europe” (INTEGRATE) has the overall objective to increase Integrated earl...
The “Joint Action on integrating prevention, testing and link to care strategies across HIV, Viral Hepatitis, TB & STIs in Europe” (INTEGRATE) has the overall objective to increase Integrated early diagnosis and linkage to prevention and care of HIV, viral hepatitis, TB and STIs in EU Member States by 2020.
A number of tools have been developed to reduce transmission, optimize early diagnosis and linkage to care for one or more of these four diseases. INTEGRATE will map relevant existing tools for cross-linking. A peer-review process will identify which of these tools are complimentary or redundant for other disease(s), and which could be adapted or require further innovation.
HIV, viral hepatitis, TB and STIs are cross-borders public health threats of concern to Europe that affect vulnerable populations disproportionately and require personalised interventions. As multiple dimensional approaches are required to reduce the public health burden, the most optimal profile of approaches that provide additive effects (and that are reasonably cost-effective) should be identified and implemented broadly.
INTEGRATE provides a platform to disseminate and exchange best practice among Member States and facilitate discussions on innovations and emerging issues within the four diseases. In this respect, INTEGRATE is a shared European effort that extends beyond the partners and can create important synergies across European stakeholders, projects and initiatives.
INTEGRATE supports the implementation of the Commission Communication on ‘Combating HIV/AIDS in the European Union and neighboring countries’ and the ‘Action Plan on HIV/AIDS in the EU and neighboring countries’ by ensuring better preparedness across the EU and by identifying innovative evidence-based testing and prevention tools to reduce new cases of HIV, viral hepatitis, TB and STIs in priority groups.
Start date: 01/09/2017 - End date: 31/05/2021

Call: Joint Actions 2016
Topic: Quality of HIV/AIDS/STI, viral Hepatitis and tuberculosis prevention and linkage to care
3rd Health Programme (2014-2020)
EARLY DETECTION AND INTEGRATED MANAGEMENT OF TUBERCULOSIS IN EUROPE: E-DETECT TB [E-DETECT TB]
This project would contribute to the ultimate elimination of tuberculosis in the EU by utilising evidenced based interventions to ensure early diagnosis, improve integrated care and support community ...
This project would contribute to the ultimate elimination of tuberculosis in the EU by utilising evidenced based interventions to ensure early diagnosis, improve integrated care and support community and prison outreach activities in low- and high-incidence countries. We aim to achieve this by bringing together several EU member states and jointly evaluating evidence based interventions, taking best practice approaches from countries where co-applicants have developed national strategic plans and providing a framework, in collaboration with ECDC, to support the adaptation and implementation of these measures. We will prioritise migrants, homeless persons, prisoners, problem drug users and those with multi-drug resistant tuberculosis.
Start date: 03/05/2016 - End date: 02/11/2020

Call: Call for Proposals for Projects 2015
Topic: Early diagnosis of tuberculosis
3rd Health Programme (2014-2020)
Joint Action on Tobacco Control [JATC]
Smoking and other forms of tobacco consumption are considered the single most important cause of preventable morbidity and premature mortality worldwide. Efforts to reduce the devastation of tobacco-r...
Smoking and other forms of tobacco consumption are considered the single most important cause of preventable morbidity and premature mortality worldwide. Efforts to reduce the devastation of tobacco-related deaths and illness in the EU consist of the Tobacco Products Directive (TPD), and the WHO Framework Convention on Tobacco Control (FCTC). The TPD lays down rules governing the manufacture, presentation and sale of tobacco and related products. The TPD stipulates that Member States shall require manufacturers and importers of tobacco products to submit to their competent authorities information, via a common entry gate (EU-CEG) – an IT tool designed to ensure uniform application of the reporting and notification obligations, harmonise the submission of data, facilitate comparison and reduce administrative burden.

The general objective of the Joint Action on Tobacco Control will be to provide support for the implementation of the TPD throughout the 28 EU MS through the mining of EU-CEG data, supporting of laboratory collaborations and effort to evaluate priority additives. The specific aims of the project are:

• To ensure appropriate coordination and evaluation
• To support the dissemination of information to the public, regulators and researchers.
• To enhance the ease of access to the data collected through the EU CEG
• To monitor and provide support to the tasks of tobacco and e-cigarette product regulation
• Assist EU MS networking and collaborations between laboratories for tobacco evaluation.
• Support EU MS in the process of monitoring and updating priority additives
• To integrate the JATC results into national policies

With the above in mind, this proposal comes at a perfect timing to aid the regulatory activities that would be needed across the EU MS with regards to the implementation of the TPD across 28 EU MS spanning a population of 508 Million people.
Start date: 16/10/2017 - End date: 15/12/2020

Call: Joint Actions 2016
Topic: Tobacco control