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Dr Gillian Smith


Consultant Epidemiologist

Theme 3 - Enhancing syndromic surveillance for early detection of incidents

Public Health England

Dr Smith works as a consultant epidemiologist (Real Time Syndromic Surveillance Team) for Public Health England, and has taken the lead in establishing several national real time syndromic surveillance systems (e.g. telephone helplines, emergency departments, general practice).

The real time information from these systems has been widely used in e.g. the 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games, other mass gatherings, monitoring public health incidents and seasonal and pandemic influenza.

Systems have been established as partnerships with the data providers.

She has additional experience in the linkage of microbiological sampling (especially self- sampling) for such schemes.

She has published widely about the utility of syndromic surveillance.