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Under the Civil Contingencies Act (2004), NHS organisations and providers of NHS funded care must show that they can effectively respond to emergencies and business continuity incidents while maintaining services to patients. This work is referred to in the health service as ‘emergency preparedness, resilience and response’ (EPRR).
The NHS England Core Standards for Emergency Preparedness, Resilience and Response (EPRR) are the minimum standards which NHS organisations and providers of NHS funded care must meet:
As a provider of NHS funded services the standards require the Trust to:
For the NHS, incidents are classed as either: