NaTHNaC was set up by the Department of Health in 2002 with the broad aim of Protecting the Health of British Travellers. We seek to improve the quality of travel health advice given by GP practices, travel clinics, pharmacies and other healthcare providers, and provide up-to-date and reliable information for the traveller, travel industry and national government.
We are commissioned by UK Health Security Agency and hosted by University College London Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust (UCLH); we also work in partnership with our other network founders Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine (LSTM), London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine (LSHTM) and the Hospital for Tropical Diseases (HTD). The network partners and Department of Health provide strategic guidance to NaTHNaC through representation on a Technical Advisory Group which meets quarterly.
Health Professionals and travellers seeking health information ahead of travel should visit our website TravelHealthPro.
Our Main Goals
- To develop national guidance on travel health professionals advising the public.
- To advise on specific situations and circumstances that could affect the health of British travellers.
- To identify and report on disease outbreaks and other health hazards worldwide.
- To share our information and expertise widely.
- To keep a register of, monitor and train, Yellow Fever Vaccination Centres (YFVCs) in England, Wales and Northern Ireland.
- To collaborate with organisations, particularly in the travel and insurance industries, and in the NHS and government, which share our aim of Protecting the Health of British Travellers.
- To train health professionals to provide the best quality, evidence-based travel health advice and services.
- To initiate research, collect and analyse data to enable us to achieve our goals.