Business Continuity & Emergency Planning Officer
- Published: Thursday, 21 May 2020 08:30
Location: UK, Newcastle upon Tyne
Organization: The Newcastle upon Tyne Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust
The post holder will be responsible for assisting the Head of Business Continuity and Emergency Planning with the full range of their duties. This includes ensuring that the Trust has Business Continuity and Major Incident Planning and Response arrangements in place.
- Ensuring that the Trust’s requirements as a category one responder under the Civil Contingencies Act (CCA) 2004 and all NHS and other relevant EPRR guidance, are fulfilled and that there are satisfactory and robust arrangements in place within the Trust to respond to emergencies and major incidents.
- Assist with the provision of assurance data to the Chief Executive and Board that the Trust is compliant with statutory requirements for EPRR.
- Ensuring that the Trust is prepared to respond to any serious or major incident both planned and unscheduled and where practical, measures are in place to maintain continuity of its core business.
- Developing and delivering the organisation’s business continuity and emergency planning function, improving standards of such preparedness across the organisation and writing/ implementing Trust policies.
- Ensuring that the Trust and its directorates / departments have plans to deliver an integrated response in the event of a major incident or emergency.
- Providing specialist advice, support and information in respect of EPRR. Supporting on call personnel, senior managers and other staff within the Trust to ensure that the EPRR portfolio is planned, managed and delivered effectively.
- Providing guidance on matters relating to emergency planning and resilience within the Trust. Working with communications staff to ensure an appropriate communications and media response by the NHS to significant events and emergencies.
- Developing and maintaining a system of assessing the risks facing the Trust with regard to emergency preparedness, ensuring these are documented on the EPRR risk register, and advising on and developing strategies to minimise the impact on the organisation. Identify any risks in relation to compliance with the CCA and alert the Accountable Emergency Officer to gaps in assurance.
- Maintaining awareness of current national, regional and local EPRR policies, guidance and plans and ensuring that Trust arrangements are updated to reflect these as appropriate.
- Undertaking tests and exercises of the Trust’s emergency arrangements as required for category 1 responders.
- Deputising for the Head of Business Continuity and Emergency Planning as required at meetings and on working groups and committees.