take our business continuity planning and preparations very seriously.” That’s
the message from Craig Patchett, Emergency Planning and Business Resilience
Manager at The Rotherham NHS Foundation Trust.
the year, Craig works closely with teams and departments at Rotherham Hospital
and the Trust’s community teams to develop and test plans for when there are
emergency situations that mean teams’ normal activities have to change to
maintain critical functions.
Trust also works closely with partner organisations, including Rotherham
Council, other NHS organisations, Police, Fire and Ambulance services.
vital that we develop and test plans for disruptions which impact on the
Trusts’ activities that are out of our control so that if they ever have to be
enacted, we all know what we need to do.”
current coronavirus outbreak is a great example of how teams and organisations
are working together to help reduce the rate of transmission, ensure staffing
levels are appropriate and patients get the care they need.”
week is Business Continuity Awareness Week, and this year’s theme is ‘We are
Stronger Together’ and the coronavirus pandemic has made collaboration and
working together even more important than ever
Trust regularly run exercises to check our emergency plans are practical in a
real life scenario, that everyone understands what they need to do and to learn
from what goes well and what goes not so well.
The photographs above show some of the exercises the Trust has carried out over the past couple of years.
summer we ran an exercise around a chemical incident scenario which was a no
notice live test. Although the reason behind the incident and timescales were
different, emergency plans were enacted enabling the Trust to manage the incident
whilst simultaneously maintaining our critical functions to ensure patient
safety and many of the processes and procedures implemented during the exercise
have been enacted during the current coronavirus outbreak.
some people may think of it as planning for the worst-case scenario, the plans
and exercises prove invaluable in times of emergency, such as floods, power
failures, snow and major incidents, where we have to work together to keep
vital services running.”