The NHS needs to be able to plan for, and respond to, a wide range of incidents and emergencies that could impact on health or patient care. These could be anything from extreme weather conditions, to an outbreak of an infectious disease, or a major transport accident.
The Civil Contingencies Act 2004 requires NHS organisations and providers of NHS funded care to show that they can deal with such incidents while maintaining services to patients. This programme of work is referred to in the health community as emergency preparedness, resilience and response (EPRR).
New arrangements for local health EPRR came into effect on 1 April 2013 as a result of the Health and Social Care Act 2012. All the latest information about these new arrangements and their implementation, together with key documentation, is provided on the NHS England website.
Further details are included in the Bridgewater Major Incident Plan. The Board approved version 1.4 in December 2014. However, it is a live document which is updated as required after national or local changes, or to take account of learning from major incidents or exercises. The current version is 1.8 (June 2016).
For further information about the Trust’s responsibilities in a major incident, please contact the Trust’s designated emergency planning officer:
Pauline Hoskyn BA, DipHEP – Head of Emergency Preparedness, Resilience & Response. Tel: 01744 621745 (direct) | 18001 01744 621745 (text relay) | 01744 457221 (switch) | Email: firstname.lastname@example.org