Health Emergency Planning

Health Emergency Planning

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This handbook contains a number of papers which set out practical information and best practice guidance for staff involved in all aspects of health emergency planning. Topics covered include: an introduction to major incidents and disasters; a review of the legal framework; crisis management and organisational learning issues; hazard identification and risk management; emergency plans, including the types of plans, their structures and the planning process; plan evaluation and audit; planning exercises and training; multi-agency responses; roles and responsibilities of the Department of Health, the Health Protection Agency and the NHS, as well as relations between local and national healthcare bodies; chemical, biological, radiological and nuclear (CBRN) incidents, including decontamination, sheltering and evacuation issues; public relations and media management; organisational debriefing and reporting following major incidents. This publication provides a supporting resource to the publication 'The NHS Emergency Planning Guidance' (Department of Health, 2005).Department of Health (1992), Risk Management in the NHS (London: Department of Health). Department of Health (1998), Planning for Major Incidents : The NHS Guidance (London: HMSO). Department of Health (2000), Deliberate Releaseanbsp;...

Title:Health Emergency Planning
Author: Health Protection Agency
Publisher:The Stationery Office - 2006-01-01

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