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 services, to show that they can deal with such incidents while maintaining services.
This programme of work is referred to in the health community as emergency preparedness, resilience and response (EPRR). New arrangements for local health EPRR form some of the changes the Health and Care Act 2022 is making to the health system in England.
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- Guidance and Framework
- Business continuity
- Clinical Commissioning Groups (CCGs)
- Hazardous Materials (HAZMAT) and Chemical, biological, radiation and nuclear (CBRN)
- Local Health Resilience Partnerships (LHRP)
- Pandemic influenza
- Severe weather (including cold weather, heatwave and flooding)
- Preparing for industrial action
- Requests for Military Aid to the Civil Authorities (MACA) from the NHS in England
- National Emergency Pressures Panel (NEPP)
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