F04. Infectious Diseases


This Clinical Reference Group (CRG) covers infectious disease services. Infectious diseases are caused by pathogenic microorganisms, such as bacteria, viruses, parasites or fungi; the diseases can be spread, directly or indirectly, from one person to another. Zoonotic diseases are infectious diseases of animals that can cause disease when transmitted to humans. Infectious diseases can cause a range of symptoms, which in some cases can be life-threatening.

Highly specialist services for adults with infectious diseases include:

  • Patients affected by specified organisms provided by Specialist Adult Infectious Disease Centres
  • High Secure Infectious Disease Units
  • Tropical Disease Centres
  • Highly Specialist Bone and Joint Infection Centres
  • Human T-cell Lymphotropic Virus Centres

Specialist services for children and young people with infectious diseases include services provided by Specialist Infectious Diseases Paediatric Centres.


Chair: Dr Matthias Schmid

Recruitment to this CRG is in progress and the names of the members will be updated shortly.


A key part of the CRG’s work is the delivery of the ‘products’ of commissioning. These are the tools used by the 10 Hub Commissioning Teams to contract services on an annual basis.

Service Specifications

Service specifications are important in clearly defining the standards of care expected from organisations funded by NHS England to provide specialised care. The specifications have been developed by specialised clinicians, commissioners, expert patients and public health representatives to describe both core and developmental service standards. Core standards are those that all funded providers should be able to demonstrate, with developmental standards being those which may require further changes in practice over time to provide excellence in the field.

The following service specifications fall within the scope of this CRG:


A commissioning policy is a document that defines access to a service for a particular group of patients. A NICE Technology Appraisal Guideline on the same topic will replace, or be incorporated into, a commissioning policy as appropriate. These are important documents that are developed to ensure consistency in access to treatments nationwide.

The following policies fall within the scope of this CRG:

Policy statements

Policy statements are brief documents that define the current commissioning position to support service contracting.

The following policy statements fall within the scope of this CRG: