Emergency Preparedness, Resilience and Response (EPRR)
The NHS needs 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 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.
Under the Civil Contingencies Act, the Trust has a duty to demonstrate compliance against six civil protection duties:
- Co-operating with other responders
- Risk assessment
- Emergency planning
- Communicating with the public
- Sharing information
- Business continuity.
Compliance is assessed by the annual Core Standards assurance process. C&I adopts an Integrated Emergency Management approach to emergency planning and works in partnership with multi-agencies in the development of plans.
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