EPRR Patient care and support services

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William Wetherell

Dear University Hospitals Sussex 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 Planning”.

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

FREEDOMOFINFORMATION (UNIVERSITY HOSPITALS SUSSEX NHS FOUNDATION TRUST), University Hospitals Sussex NHS Foundation Trust

Dear William Wetherell,

Thank you for contacting the Freedom of Information (FOI) Office at University Hospitals Sussex NHS Foundation Trust. This email confirms that we have received your correspondence.

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Yours sincerely,

Freedom of Information Office
University Hospitals Sussex NHS Foundation Trust

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FREEDOMOFINFORMATION (UNIVERSITY HOSPITALS SUSSEX NHS FOUNDATION TRUST), University Hospitals Sussex NHS Foundation Trust

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Dear William Wetherell,

 

Please find attached the Trust’s response to your recent Freedom of
Information request (our reference FOI230234).

 

We hope you are happy with the processing of your request and find the
information provided helpful.

 

If you require clarification or if we can be of any further assistance,
please do not hesitate to contact us at: [1][UHSussex request email]

 

Yours sincerely,

 

Freedom of Information Office

University Hospitals Sussex NHS Foundation Trust

Worthing Hospital, Lyndhurst Rd

Worthing BN11 2DH

Email: [2][UHSussex request email]

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William Wetherell

Dear Freedom of Information Office

Re: Freedom of Information Request FOI230234

Thank you for this.

Yours faithfully

William Wetherell