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Major Incident Policy and Plan

A major incident may occur at any time of day or night. It is vital that we are prepared with the ability to facilitate a co-ordinated range of emergency responses at short notice, providing mid to long-term services to those involved. Those involved will include victims, relatives, friends, and our own staff. As such, civil contingency and resilience issues are considered a priority within South Staffordshire & Shropshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust (SSSFT) to aid with the delivery to the populace of Staffordshire and Shropshire along with fellow Staffordshire Resilience Forum (SRF) members.

This Major Incident Plan is a generic plan, which sets out operational and managerial arrangements to be undertaken by South Staffordshire and Shropshire Healthcare NHS Trust in the event of a major incident or emergency. It details procedures for activation, and for the alerting and mobilisation of staff. It sets out clear command and control mechanisms and links to regional command and control structures through the NHS England Management Arrangements for the NHS in the North Midlands. It describes the methods for communicating with the public, local community and partners at the time of a major incident. It also provides for the training of key staff, and the testing and exercising of the plan and supporting procedures in accordance with national guidance. It determines the links with the SSSFT’s business continuity planning arrangements and the procedure for maintenance and revision of the major incident plan. The arrangements described in the plan are supported by role specific action cards for key staff.


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Major Incident Policy and Plan