Contact tracing is one element of NHS Scotland’s Test & Protect approach. Test & Protect is how NHS Scotland is implementing the Scottish Government’s Test, Trace, Isolate and Support (TTIS) Strategy.

Contact tracing is a well-established public health measure designed to help interrupt chains of transmission of infectious disease in the community.

Test and Protect involves identifying confirmed cases of COVID-19 through testing, tracing the people who may have become infected by spending time in close contact with the case, and then supporting those close contacts to self-isolate. This means if they have the disease they are less likely to transmit it to others.

Our role in contact tracing

Working closely with the Scottish Government, Directors of Public Health and local NHS Board health protection teams, PHS contributes to the delivery of contact tracing in Scotland.

Contact tracing is delivered by health protection professionals in teams in local NHS Boards, and by the National Contact Tracing Centre.

PHS also leads on the development of guidance, digital systems and training resources to support contact tracing.

To find out more about how contact tracing works visit the Scottish Government’s website.

To get in touch with the PHS contact tracing programme email

Last updated: 28 June 2021