Inform and engage staff

Staff at community and low-threshold testing services often see the need for offering multi-disease testing to the attending clients. However, there may be barriers impeding the roll out of multi-disease testing such as legal or regulatory restrictions allowing testing only for some diseases, logistic challenges and need for additional funding, test kits and training of staff. Here are some ideas and resources to kick-start the process:

  • Read about the scientific rational for integrated testing, present and discuss with your colleagues [ETW materials Spring & Week info pages]
  • Map current testing and referral practices to have a baseline to measure progress against [baseline data collection]
  • Implement a risk assessment tool to help staff identify the clients’ testing needs [risk assessment]
  • Apply the easy to use quality improvement tool to develop your routine testing praxis [PDSA tool]
  • Encourage colleagues to sign up for a free 12-module online course on clinical, epidemiological and public health aspect of integarted testing presented by leading European experts [link to Ph module online learning]
  • Attend webinars where testing experts debate new approaches and the latest recommendations from ECDC and others [video recordings of webinars]