Free talk on ‘Emergency Management & Mitigation – ‘Belt n’ Braces!’

NMGH Incident
Free talk on ‘Emergency Management & Mitigation – ‘Belt n’ Braces!’
02 October 2014

THE Pennine Acute Hospitals NHS Trust is hosting a free talk and presentation with Allan Cordwell, the Trust’s Emergency Preparedness Officer on Emergency Management, Resilience & Response, on Friday 17th October at The Royal Oldham Hospital education centre (10.30am – 11.30am).

The presentation will give the public and Trust members the opportunity to learn more about how the Trust plans for, trains staff, and responds to internal incidents and external emergencies that may affect the operational running of its hospitals.

The Trust’s Emergency and Service Continuity Plans are essential as they enable the Trust to fulfil its statutory requirements as a Category 1 responder under the Civil Contingencies Act 2004. Robust and effective plans must be available when required to support the Trust’s response to external and internal emergencies which in turn will facilitate the continued delivery of essential services in the event of serious disruptions to normal operations.

The Major Incident Plans that serve each of the Trust’s four main hospitals and community services comply with the Civil Contingencies Act 2004 and NHS Emergency Planning Guidance 2005. These plans are exercised and tested annually and are reviewed and updated as appropriate.

Bespoke staff training is delivered across the Trust to staff of all grades on emergency management and mitigation models covering all types of incidents that pose a threat to the Trust and continue to assist other NHS Trusts with specialised training such as the accidental release of Hazardous Materials or deliberate release of Chemical, Biological, Radiological and Nuclear (CBRN) agents. The Trust is obligated to provide a CBRN response in relation to such events.

In February 2014, NHS England requested the assistance of the Trust to design and coordinate the making of a training film for all UK Acute NHS Trusts, Urgent Care Centres and GP Surgeries for the implementation of a new emergency CBRN decontamination process as part of the Interoperability Response under the Home Office Joint Emergency Services Interoperability Mandate. The Trust was recommended by the National Ambulance Resilience Unit after watching a presentation made by Allan Cordwell at an international conference in 2012.

Allan Cordwell, the Trust’s Emergency Preparedness Officer on Emergency Management, Resilience & Response, said: 

"My presentation will give people the opportunity to learn more about the complexities and fluid nature of the emergency management of major incidents and internal crisis management from an integrated hospital and multiagency perspective and how we have developed robust processes and models of hospital emergency response that have been adopted by other Greater Manchester, UK and European Hospital Trusts to protect patients, the public and our staff.”

The event is free and open to the public, staff and The Pennine Acute Trust’s members. To book your place contact Angela Greenwood on 01706 517302 or email