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.
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 Social Care Act 2012 is making to the health system in England.
Staffordshire and Stoke-on-Trent Emergency Preparedness
The Six Staffordshire and Stoke-on-Trent CCGs were rated as having achieved substantial compliance with the EPRR standards in 2018/2019 as did our main NHS providers.
For the 2019/2020 assurance process and Clinical Commissioning Groups were assessed against 43 standards across nine areas. The CCG initial rating is again rated as substantially complaint with further action required against two standards.
- The 2018-19 EPRR Core Standards Compliance document, which can be viewed
- The CCG annual EPRR report which was accepted by the CCG Governing Body in common on 29th August 2019 can be viewed
The 2019/2020 rating is subject to a confirm and challenge process due to be completed in October 2019.
Marcus Warnes, CCG Accountable Officer has been appointed as the Accountable Emergency Officer (AEO) responsible for Emergency Preparedness Resilience and Response (EPRR).
Jane Moore, Director of Strategy, Planning and Performance has been appointed as the CCGs lead Director for EPRR.
The NHS England Core Standards for EPRR are the minimum requirements that commissioners and providers of NHS funded services must meet in relation to their duties under the Civil Contingencies Act 2004, their duties under the NHS Act 2006 as amended by the Health and Social Care Act 2012 and the expectations set out in the NHS EPRR Framework 2015.
The Core Standards are the basis of the EPRR annual assurance process and NHS commissioners and providers must undertake self-assessment against these standards in order to determine their overall EPRR assurance rating. More information on the NHS EPRR annual assurance process can be found here.