Introduction

The NHS needs to be able to plan for and respond to a wide range of incidents and emergencies that could affect health or patient care. These could be anything from extreme weather conditions to an infectious disease outbreak or a major transport accident or a terrorist act. This is underpinned by legislation contained in the Civil Contingencies Act 2004 (CCA), the Civil Contingencies Act 2004 (Contingency Planning Regulations) 2005, the NHS Act 2006 and the Health and Care Act 2022. This work is referred to in the health service as ‘emergency preparedness, resilience and response’ (EPRR).

This framework explains the actions that ASPH will take to ensure it complies with the requirements set out above. (Each part of the organisation (with responsibilities in responding to an incident) will ensure relevant business continuity plans and action cards are in place and reviewed following all incidences and exercises. The Major Incident (MI) Operational Plan outlines the roles and responsibilities of key depts/staff in responding to any incident requiring activation of command and control. This plan also includes response in the event of a mass casualty incident.

 

Policy Details

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Compiled by: Claire O’Brien, Head of Emergency Planning and Resilience
Ratified by: Trust Executive Committee
Date Ratified: September 2023
Date Issued: September 2023
Review Date: September 2024
Target Audience: All staff
Contact name: Claire O’Brien, Head of Emergency Planning and Resilience

 

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