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Emergency Preparedness

Preparing for Major Incidents

We need 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.

The Civil Contingencies Act (2004) requires NHS organisations and providers of NHS funded care, to plan and prepare for such incidents, whilst maintaining safe services to patients. This work is referred to in the health service as ‘emergency preparedness, resilience and response’ (EPRR). There are a set of NHS EPRR Core Standards (issued by NHS England) , against which the Trust declared ‘Substantial Compliance’ and an action plan developed to ensure that the Trust became fully compliant by April 2017.