Guidance and Framework

Information last updated: 10 November 2015

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Summary of published key strategic guidance for health EPRR

These charts give an overview of the key strategic EPRR guidance documents currently published. For published documents, web-site links are imbedded in the charts.

NHS England Emergency Preparedness, Resilience and Response Framework

This is a strategic national framework containing principles for health emergency preparedness, resilience and response for the NHS in England at all levels including NHS provider organisations, providers of NHS-funded care, clinical commissioning groups (CCGs), GPs and other primary and community care organisations.

All NHS-funded organisations must meet the requirements of the Civil Contingencies Act 2004, the NHS Act 2006 as amended by the Health and Social Care Act 2012, the NHS standard contract, the NHS England Core Standards for EPRR and NHS England business continuity management framework.

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NHS England Core Standards for Emergency Preparedness, Resilience and Response (EPRR)

The NHS England Core Standards for emergency preparedness, resilience and response (EPRR) set out clearly the minimum EPRR standards which NHS Organisations and providers of NHS-funded care must meet.

The core standards matrix is available in Excel format.

The Core Standards will also enable agencies across the country to share a common purpose and to co-ordinate EPRR activities in proportion to the organisation’s size and scope; and provide a consistent cohesive framework for self-assessment, peer review and assurance processes.

Supporting material for the core standards related to the response to hazardous materials (HAZMAT) and/or chemical, biological, radiation, and nuclear (CBRN) incidents can be found here, ‘Preparation for incidents involving hazardous materials: Guidance for primary and community care facilities, alongside related training material.

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NHS England Shelter and Evacuation Guidance

This guidance is intended to provide a framework for all Health and Social Care providers in the planning, preparation and response to sheltering and evacuating of patients, staff and others from, or within, health care settings, including whole site evacuation.

While this guidance concentrates on the shelter and evacuation of hospital sites, the principles are sufficiently flexible to be adapted for use in respect of other buildings or facilities on healthcare provider sites or to wider primary, social and community care and independent sector facilities. Shelter and evacuation planning is part of broader emergency planning and preparedness.

This guidance updates and supersedes the 2009 Department of Health guidance ‘Planning for the evacuation and sheltering of people in health sector settings: Interim strategic national guidance’.

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