About this event

  • Date and time Thu 30 Jun 2022 from 12:30pm to 1:15pm
  • Location Online

In this episode of the COVID-19 Series, Dr Susan Hopkins, Chief Medical Advisor for the UK Health Security Agency (UKHSA) will join Dr Samia Latif, Assistant Academic Registrar at the Faculty of Public Health to discuss the current and future shape of pandemic management in the UK.

The episode will cover issues including how the UK is delivering a Covid response with a reduced budget, how test and trace will be used for current and future threats, and how health protection teams will support the NHS and local authorities going forward.

The RSM COVID-19 Series is for health professionals by health professionals; a series of talks dedicated to giving healthcare workers on the frontline regular and easy-to-access updates from healthcare leaders on COVID-19.

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Key speakers

Dr Samia Latif

Dr Samia Latif

Consultant Communicable Disease Control, UK Health Security Agency (UKHSA), Assistant Academic Registrar, UK Faculty of Public Health, Chair of UKHSA’s Race Equality Staff Network

Speaker's biography

Samia currently works as a Consultant in Communicable Disease Control (CCDC) at UK Health Security Agency (UKHSA). Samia is the Assistant Academic Registrar for UK’s FPH and a member of the Faculty’s Global Health Committee and following Special Interest Groups: Pakistan, Public Mental Health, Diversity & Equality and Global Violence Prevention. She also co-chairs UKHSA’s Race Equality staff network.
Samia is a GMC appraiser, an educational supervisor and an accredited mentor. Her areas of interest are health protection, culturally intelligent leadership, global public health and public mental health. She is a keen advocate for gender and race equality and is the UK Diaspora Lead for Women in Global Health Pakistan.

Dr Susan Hopkins

Dr Susan Hopkins

Chief Medical Advisor, UK Health Security Agency (UKHSA)

Speaker's biography

In October 2021 Susan became Clinical & Public Health Transition Lead and the Chief Medical Advisor for UKHSA. Previously she was the Interim Chief Medical Advisor at NHS Test and Trace and the Strategic Response Director for COVID-19 in PHE and led the division of healthcare-associated infections and antimicrobial resistance.

She was appointed in 2006 as a consultant in infectious diseases and microbiology at the Royal Free London and continues to practice clinically. She holds current research funding of approximately £20million with research partners across the UK and has more than 250 peer-reviewed publications related to infectious diseases.



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