Public Health England
All workers returning from areas affected by Ebola should be risk assessed by Public Health England (PHE).
About the scheme
PHE established the returning workers scheme (RWS) in November 2014, as part of arrangements to protect and monitor the health of those who travel to Ebola affected areas for their work. This is part of a coordinated effort to protect the health of the wider public.
The RWS is for any business or organisation that has staff who travel to the UK from areas affected by Ebola. This includes humanitarian and healthcare organisations, as well as media and other organisations that are sending workers to situations where they might be directly exposed to Ebola.
So that PHE is able to establish prompt and efficient screening arrangements, and can provide organisations with regular updates and guidance we ask that:
- organisations undertaking business in Ebola affected areas must register with the PHE returning workers scheme
- once registered, organisations should provide PHE with the travel details of all staff (paid or unpaid) returning from Ebola affected areas, in advance of their arrival into the UK
Current Ebola-affected areas
There are currently 2 active Ebola virus disease outbreaks in Africa:
- North Kivu province, Democratic Republic of Congo
- Nzrkor prefecture, Republic of Guinea
Register for the scheme
The scheme is in the process of being re-launched in response to the 2 current outbreaks.
Contact ReturningWorkersScheme@phe.gov.uk to find out more about the scheme.
Further information about Ebola
See the Ebola collection.