Emergency Preparedness, Resilience and Response

2017/18 Assurance Process

The 2017/18 EPRR annual assessment commenced in July and is used by NHS England to seek assurance the NHS is prepared to respond to an emergency and has resilience in relation to the continuing provision of safe patient care.

For 2017/18 there were 108 core standard questions within the assessment process which included governance, risk assessment, emergency / business continuity planning, command and control, communications, information sharing, training and exercising, hazardous materials (HAZMAT) and chemical, biological, radiological and nuclear planning (CBRN).

Trust Compliance Level: 2016/17

The assessment highlighted that the Trust complies with 103 standards but does not fully comply with 5 of the 2017/18 core standards. As a result of this, the Trust level of compliance is viewed as Substantial, rather than Full, Partial or Non-compliant.

The results of the Trust assessment and Improvement Plan have been shared and discussed, at a local health economy level, with Hull CCG, East Riding of Yorkshire CCG, Humber NHS FT, City Health Care Partnership and Northern Lincolnshire and Goole NHS Foundation Trust. The outcome of the Trust assessment will be submitted to NHS England by 6 October 2017.

Ongoing Monitoring Arrangements

The Improvement Plan addresses areas where action is required, as noted in section 3 above. The plan will be monitored by the Trust Resilience Committee and reported quarterly at the Non Clinical Quality Committee.

Recommendation

The Trust Board is asked to:

  • receive the progress from 2016/17 assessment and actions from 2017/18 assessment
  • note the Trust’s level of compliance
  • receive the Trust’s ongoing monitoring arrangements

2016/17 Assurance Process

The Emergency Preparedness, Resilience and Response (EPRR) annual assessment process commenced in June 2016 and is used by NHS England to seek assurance the NHS is prepared to respond to an emergency and has resilience in relation to continuing to provide safe patient care.

This year there were 111 questions within the assessment process which included the areas of governance, risk assessment, emergency/business continuity planning, command and control, communications, information sharing, training and exercising, hazardous materials (HAZMAT) and chemical, biological, radiological and nuclear planning (CBRN).

Trust Compliance Level: 2016/17

The assessment highlighted that the Trust fully complies with 106 of the core standards and does not fully comply with 5 of the 111 core standards.

As a result, the level of compliance is viewed as Substantial, rather than Full, Partial or Non-compliant.

The 5 areas are that are not fully compliant are:

  • Evacuation plans
  • Mass fatalities
  • Major Incident Plan Exercise
  • Chemical, Biological, Radiological and Nuclear (CBRN) training
  • HAZMAT/CBRN: Chemical Exposure Assessment Kits

The Trust’s assessment was submitted to NHS England by 18 October and was presented and confirmed at the NHS England Local Health Resilience Partnership meeting on 25 October 2016.

Ongoing Monitoring Arrangements

The Trust has drawn up an improvement plan to address the areas where action is required, as noted 3 above. The plan will be monitored by the Trust Resilience Committee and reported quarterly at the Trust’s Non Clinical Quality Committee.

Prepared by: Alan Harper, Assistant Director of Planning