EPRR Coordination of emergency and disaster management activities

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William Wetherell

Dear King's College Hospital NHS Foundation Trust,

I am conducting a study of the emergency preparedness of NHS Acute Trusts in England. I am using the emergency and disaster management module of the Hospital Safety Index checklist of the World Health Organisation. The study is part of an MSc in Crisis & Disaster Management at the University of Portsmouth.

Under the provisions of the Freedom of Information Act 2000, I am writing to request the following information. This information relates to the NHS England Emergency Preparedness, Resilience and Response (EPRR) Framework in general and section 10, “Cycle of preparedness”, section 13, “Concepts of command and control” and section 14, “NHS command and control”, in particular.

Please note that the much of the information requested is only the records of the existence of committee membership, a meeting, training and responsibilities, and activities, list(s), procedures, mechanisms, arrangements and exercises and not the contents of the membership, meeting, training, responsibilities, activities, list(s), procedures, mechanisms, arrangements and exercises themselves.

Given the potentially sensitive nature of this information, I ask you to redact any exempt information instead of refusing disclosure. This would be in accordance with guidance on best practice from the Information Commissioner’s Office.

If you do not hold some of this information then I ask you to confirm explicitly that you do not hold it.

Coordination of emergency and disaster management activities

Hospital Emergency / Disaster Committee

Any record of the current existence of a multidepartmental and multidisciplinary committee to coordinate EPRR measures. If such a committee exists then any record of which departments and disciplines are represented on it and the date the committee most recently met.

Committee member responsibilities and training

If such a committee above exists then any record that committee members have received training for their role on the committee and any record that committee members have been assigned specific responsibilities.

Designated emergency and disaster management coordinator

Any record of the current existence of a hospital emergency / disaster management coordinator. If such a co-ordinator exists then any record of what whole time equivalent of their time is devoted to emergency and disaster management.

Preparedness programme for strengthening emergency and disaster response and recovery

Any record that activities to strengthen EPRR have been implemented in the past 12 months.

Hospital incident management system

Any record of the current existence of list(s) of key personnel roles in a hospital incident management system for the command, control and coordination in an emergency or disaster response. If such list(s) exists then any record of the existence of corresponding key personnel role action procedure documents.

Emergency Operations Centre (EOC)

Any record of the current existence of a designated Incident Coordination Centre. If such an Incident Coordination Centre exists then any record of whether it has full immediate operational capacity in an emergency.

Coordination mechanisms and cooperative arrangements with local emergency / disaster management agencies

Any record of the existence of current formal co-ordination or co-operation mechanisms or arrangements between the Trust and emergency/disaster management agencies (e.g. local authorities, police services, fire and rescue services, civil society organisations) in order to support Trust functions in time of emergency or disaster.

If such mechanisms or arrangements above exist then any record of the most recent exercise(s) to test them, including date(s) of exercise(s).

Coordination mechanisms and cooperative arrangements with the healthcare network

Any record of the existence of current formal co-ordination or co-operation mechanisms or arrangements between the Trust and other healthcare providers in order to support Trust functions in time of emergency or disaster.

If such mechanisms or arrangements above exist then any record of the most recent exercise(s) to test them, including date(s) of exercise(s).

Thank you for your assistance with this study.

Yours faithfully

Dr William Wetherell

FOI (KING'S COLLEGE HOSPITAL NHS FOUNDATION TRUST), King's College Hospital NHS Foundation Trust

Dear Mr Wetherell

 

I am writing to confirm receipt of your request under the Freedom of
Information Act 2000 (the Act), dated Thursday 26 May 2022.

 

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Kind Regards

 

Freedom of Information Officer

King's College Hospital NHS Foundation Trust, Denmark Hill, SE5 9RS

020 3299 9000

[2][King's College Hospital NHS Foundation Trust request email]

 

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London, Guy’s and St Thomas’, South London and Maudsley NHS Foundation
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FOI (KING'S COLLEGE HOSPITAL NHS FOUNDATION TRUST), King's College Hospital NHS Foundation Trust

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Dear Mr Wetherell

 

Further to your request under the Freedom of Information Act 2000 (the
Act) dated Thursday 26 May 2022, I am writing to confirm the information
that the Trust does and does not hold. 

 

The text of your request is repeated on the attached document, together
with the Trust’s response.

 

You can find out more about the Act and other information resources
released by the Trust on our website at: [1]www.kch.nhs.uk

 

If you are dissatisfied with the Trust’s response, you may appeal to us in
the first instance.  For contact details and a copy of our FOI appeal
process, please see our website or email us at [2][King's College Hospital NHS Foundation Trust request email]

 

If you remain dissatisfied, you have the right under section 50 of the Act
to apply to the Information Commissioner to seek resolution to the
matter.  Further details can be found on their website at
[3]www.ico.org.uk  

I hope this fulfils your request and we would welcome you feedback on our
FOI service. Please take the time to complete our Customer Satisfaction
Survey which is available online at the following link:

 

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Kind regards,

 

Freedom of Information Officer

King's College Hospital NHS Foundation Trust, Denmark Hill, SE5 9RS

020 3299 9000

[5][King's College Hospital NHS Foundation Trust request email]

 

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King’s College Hospital is part of King’s Health Partners Academic Health
Sciences Centre (AHSC), a pioneering collaboration between King’s College
London, Guy’s and St Thomas’, South London and Maudsley NHS Foundation
Trusts. For more information, visit [6]www.kingshealthpartners.org

 

Living King's Values: Understanding You, Inspiring Confidence in our Care,
Working Together, Always Aiming Higher, Making a Difference in our
Community

 

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William Wetherell

Dear Freedom of Information Officer

Thank you for this. The Trust's reply refers to the the its Emergency Preparedness, Resilience and Response Working Group Terms of Reference, but these are not included. Could I have a copy of the Terms please?

Yours faithfully

William Wetherell

FOI (KING'S COLLEGE HOSPITAL NHS FOUNDATION TRUST), King's College Hospital NHS Foundation Trust

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Dear Mr Wetherell,

Further to your Email below dated Monday 20 June 2022, we apologise that
you were unable to access the page within your response. Please see your
response again together with an additional attachment to the page
mentioned.  

You can find out more about the Act and other information resources
released by the Trust on our website at: [1]www.kch.nhs.uk

 

If you are dissatisfied with the Trust’s response, you may appeal to us in
the first instance.  For contact details and a copy of our FOI appeal
process, please see our website or email us at [2][King's College Hospital NHS Foundation Trust request email]

 

If you remain dissatisfied, you have the right under section 50 of the Act
to apply to the Information Commissioner to seek resolution to the
matter.  Further details can be found on their website
at [3]www.ico.org.uk  

I hope this fulfils your request and we would welcome you feedback on our
FOI service. Please take the time to complete our Customer Satisfaction
Survey which is available online at the following link:

 

[4]http://www.surveymonkey.com/s/D28MWWQ

 

Kind regards,

 

Freedom of Information Officer

King's College Hospital NHS Foundation Trust, Denmark Hill, SE5 9RS

020 3299 9000

[5][King's College Hospital NHS Foundation Trust request email]

 

══════════════════════════════════════════════════════════════════════════

King’s College Hospital is part of King’s Health Partners Academic Health
Sciences Centre (AHSC), a pioneering collaboration between King’s College
London, Guy’s and St Thomas’, South London and Maudsley NHS Foundation
Trusts. For more information, visit [6]www.kingshealthpartners.org

 

Living King's Values: Understanding You, Inspiring Confidence in our
Care, Working Together, Always Aiming Higher, Making a Difference in our
Community

 

P please don't print this e-mail unless you really need to.

 

 

 

 

From: FOI (KING'S COLLEGE HOSPITAL NHS FOUNDATION TRUST)
Sent: 15 June 2022 11:48 AM
To: William Wetherell <[7][FOI #864699 email]>
Subject: FOI 8098 - Response

 

Dear Mr Wetherell

 

Further to your request under the Freedom of Information Act 2000 (the
Act) dated Thursday 26 May 2022, I am writing to confirm the information
that the Trust does and does not hold. 

 

The text of your request is repeated on the attached document, together
with the Trust’s response.

 

You can find out more about the Act and other information resources
released by the Trust on our website at: [8]www.kch.nhs.uk

 

If you are dissatisfied with the Trust’s response, you may appeal to us in
the first instance.  For contact details and a copy of our FOI appeal
process, please see our website or email us at [9][King&#39;s College Hospital NHS Foundation Trust request email]

 

If you remain dissatisfied, you have the right under section 50 of the Act
to apply to the Information Commissioner to seek resolution to the
matter.  Further details can be found on their website at
[10]www.ico.org.uk  

I hope this fulfils your request and we would welcome you feedback on our
FOI service. Please take the time to complete our Customer Satisfaction
Survey which is available online at the following link:

 

[11]http://www.surveymonkey.com/s/D28MWWQ

 

Kind regards,

 

Freedom of Information Officer

King's College Hospital NHS Foundation Trust, Denmark Hill, SE5 9RS

020 3299 9000

[12][King&#39;s College Hospital NHS Foundation Trust request email]

 

══════════════════════════════════════════════════════════════════════════

King’s College Hospital is part of King’s Health Partners Academic Health
Sciences Centre (AHSC), a pioneering collaboration between King’s College
London, Guy’s and St Thomas’, South London and Maudsley NHS Foundation
Trusts. For more information, visit [13]www.kingshealthpartners.org

 

Living King's Values: Understanding You, Inspiring Confidence in our Care,
Working Together, Always Aiming Higher, Making a Difference in our
Community

 

P please don't print this e-mail unless you really need to.

 

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William Wetherell

Dear Freedom of Information Officer

Thank you for this.

Yours faithfully

William Wetherell