EPRR Patient care and support services

William Wetherell made this Freedom of Information request to Airedale NHS Foundation Trust as part of a batch sent to 125 authorities Automatic anti-spam measures are in place for this older request. Please let us know if a further response is expected or if you are having trouble responding.

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William Wetherell

Dear Airedale 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.

Following a recent Information Commissioner’s decision, given here:

https://ico.org.uk/media/action-weve-tak...

I am writing regarding my final request for information about the Trust’s EPRR as part of my study. I would prefer to obtain this information under the provisions of the Freedom of Information Act 2000 in order to ensure that all the information is cleared by the Trust to be made publicly available. However, if you wish I am happy to discuss my request directly. My e-mail address is [email address] .

Please note that this is a different request from my previous requests: “EPRR Coordination of emergency and disaster management activities”, “EPRR Planning”, “EPRR Communication and information management”, “EPRR Human Resources” and “EPRR Logistics”. Please also note I am making this request more than 60 working days after my request “EPRR Logistics”.

My final request is given below:

I am writing to request the following information. This information relates to the NHS England Emergency Preparedness, Resilience and Response Framework in general and section 10, “Cycle of preparedness”, in particular.

Please note that much of the information requested is only records of the existence of current procedures, training, resources and tests, and not the contents of the procedures, training, resources and tests themselves.

For clarity, to minimise the cost of my request and to prevent the disclosure of any sensitive information, I have enumerated the information I am requesting and specified how it could be provided.

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

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.

Patient care and support services

Continuity of essential clinical support services

1. Any record of whether procedures exist to ensure operational continuity of essential clinical support or ancillary services (e.g. laboratory, radiology, pharmacy) during emergencies and disasters. (Can be answered yes / no.)

2. Any record of whether staff have been trained in the above procedures. (Can be answered yes / no.)

3. Any record of whether resources to implement the above procedures can be mobilized at all times. (Can be answered yes / no.)

Expansion of usable space for mass casualty incidents

4. Any record of whether procedures and resources exist to expand space and provide access to extra beds in mass casualty incidents. (Can be answered yes / no.)

5. Any record of whether staff have been trained in the above procedures. (Can be answered yes / no.)

6. The date(s) of the most recent test(s) of the above procedures. (Can be answered with a date or dates.)

Triage for major emergencies and disasters

7. Any record of whether space has been designated and procedures exist to carry out triage during emergencies and disasters. (Can be answered yes / no.)

8. Any record of whether staff have been trained in the above procedures. (Can be answered yes / no.)

9. The date(s) of the most recent test(s) of the above procedures. (Can be answered with a date or dates.)

Triage tags for mass casualty incidents

10. Any record the existence of triage tags for mass casualty incidents. (Can be answered yes / no.)

System for referral, transfer and reception of patients

11. Any record of whether procedures exist for the reception, referral and transfer of patients to and from other health facilities within and outside the geographical area where the hospital is located during emergencies and disasters. (Can be answered yes / no.)

12. Any record of whether staff have been trained in the above procedures. (Can be answered yes / no.)

13. The date(s) of the most recent test(s) of the above procedures. (Can be answered with a date or dates.)

Infection surveillance, prevention and control procedures

14. Any record of whether procedures exist for infection prevention and control during emergencies and disasters. (Can be answered yes / no.)

15. Any record of whether staff have been trained in the above procedures. (Can be answered yes / no.)

16. Any record of whether resources are available for implementation of the above procedures. (Can be answered yes / no.)

Psychosocial services

17. Any record of whether procedures exist for provision of psychosocial support, assessment and treatment services to patients, families and staff during emergencies and disasters. (Can be answered yes / no.)

18. Any record of whether staff have been trained in the above procedures. (Can be answered yes / no.)

19. Any record of whether resources are available for implementation of the above procedures. (Can be answered yes / no.)

Thank you for all your assistance with this study.

Yours faithfully

William Wetherell

William Wetherell

Dear Airedale NHS Foundation Trust

I am writing to ask when I am likely to receive a reply to my requests please.

Yours faithfully

William Wetherell

William Wetherell

Dear Airedale NHS Foundation Trust,

Please pass this on to the person who conducts Freedom of Information reviews.

I am writing to request an internal review of Airedale NHS Foundation Trust's handling of my FOI request 'EPRR Patient care and support services'. The Trust has not responded to my request.

A full history of my FOI request and all correspondence is available on the Internet at this address: https://www.whatdotheyknow.com/request/e...

Yours faithfully,

William Wetherell

FOI (AIREDALE NHS FOUNDATION TRUST), Airedale NHS Foundation Trust

Dear William Wetherell

Apologies for the delay with your request.

Thank you for your request for information from Airedale NHS Foundation Trust. Your request has been given the Reference Number ANHSFT REF 6297.

Please note that under the Freedom of Information Act, some information can be subject to exemptions, which means that the Trust does not have to provide the information requested. Some exemptions are “absolute” such as personal information and some only apply where the “public interest” in maintaining the exemption, outweighs that of providing the information.

In some cases, where identifying, retrieving and processing the requested information requires more time than the “appropriate cost limit” of two and half days work, we may refuse the request or we can charge a fee. If the latter is the case, I will let you know and a Fees Notice will be issued to you. In that case you would need to pay the fee before we proceeded with your request, but we will offer assistance and advise you if, by modifying your request, we could provide you with some non-exempt or free of charge information.

Please contact me, quoting the Reference Number above, with any questions you might have about your request.

With kind regards

Craig Randles
Information Governance Manager, IT Business Centre, Airedale NHS Foundation Trust,
KEIGHLEY BD20 6TD

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FOI (AIREDALE NHS FOUNDATION TRUST), Airedale NHS Foundation Trust

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Dear William Wetherell,

Please find our response attached,

Kind regards,

Craig Randles
Information Governance Manager, IT Business Centre, Airedale NHS Foundation Trust,
KEIGHLEY BD20 6TD

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William Wetherell

Dear Mr Randles

Reference: ANHSFT REF 6297

Please pass this on to the person who conducts Freedom of Information reviews.

I am writing to request an internal review of Airedale NHS Foundation Trust's handling of my FOI request 'EPRR Patient care and support services'. The Trust has not provided some of the information I requested.

13. The date(s) of the most recent test(s) of the above procedures for the reception, referral and transfer of patients to and from other health facilities within and outside the geographical area where the hospital is located during emergencies and disasters. (Can be answered with a date or dates.)

Please note that the Civil Contingencies Act (Contingency Planning) Regulations 2005 require that “Every plan maintained by a general Category 1 responder under section 2(1)(c) or (d) must include provision for the carrying out of exercises for the purpose of ensuring that the plan is effective” (s. 25). The NHS England Emergency Preparedness, Resilience and Response (EPRR) Framework (2022, pp. 31-32) states that if an organisation activates its plan or Incident Command Centre then this replaces the need to run a live or command post exercise (CPX) respectively “providing lessons are identified and logged and an action plan developed.”

It is already public knowledge that the Trust must perform tests such as the ones of which I have requested the dates. Disclosure of the mere dates themselves of the tests could not prejudice the prevention of crime.

A full history of my FOI request and all correspondence is available on the Internet at this address: https://www.whatdotheyknow.com/request/e...

Yours faithfully

William Wetherell

William Wetherell

Dear FOI (AIREDALE NHS FOUNDATION TRUST)

Reference: ANHSFT REF 6297

I am writing to ask when I am likely to receive a reply to my request for an internal review please?

Yours faithfully

William Wetherell

FOI (AIREDALE NHS FOUNDATION TRUST), Airedale NHS Foundation Trust

Dear William Wetherell,

On your query for question 13 I've gone back to the relevant department, and come back with the following

'Led by NHSE, Patient referral during incidents and the transfer of patients to alternate healthcare facilities was exercised 30/06/2021.
Additional information: a system wide exercise has taken place in June 2023 and will included multi-agency aspects.'

I've been told that the ICB is writing this report and we are awaiting
Yes, it did. The ICB is writing the report, but I haven't got a copy yet - I suspect they're delayed due to the industrial action.

To confirm on the below do you still require an internal review to be conducted?

Kind regards,

Craig Randles
Information Governance Manager, IT Business Centre, Airedale NHS Foundation Trust,
KEIGHLEY BD20 6TD

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William Wetherell

Dear Mr Randles

Reference: ANHSFT REF 6297

Thank you for this. I withdraw my request for an internal review.

Yours sincerely

William Wetherell