Emergency Planning

Emergency Planning Resilience and Response – South Tyneside Foundation Trust


South Tyneside NHS Foundation Trust needs to plan for, and respond to, a wide range of incidents and emergencies which could affect health, patient care or the operation of the Trust.

Major incidents can range from extreme weather conditions to an infectious disease outbreak or a mass casualty emergency. The Civil Contingencies Act (2004) requires NHS organisations to show they can deal with such incidents while continuing to deliver critical services.

The Department of Health (DoH) refers to this work programme as Emergency Preparedness, Resilience and Response (EPRR).

The Trust works closely with other partners in the health community and emergency services, in planning for and responding to all types of emergencies and major incidents. Our partners include the Local Authority, Gateshead Health NHS Trust, City Hospitals Sunderland, North East Ambulance Service, the Clinical Commissioning Groups, NHS England, Northumbria Police ,Tyne and Wear Fire and Rescue service and a range of voluntary organisations.


In the event of a local or national emergency, the Trust aims to:

  • continue the delivery of critical services
  • support for the emergency services
  • assist other NHS organisations
  • meet the health need of any casualties from the incident
  • work in partnership with partner agencies
  • recover and learn from the incident / emergency


To ensure that we are prepared to respond to incidents when they occur. The Trust has

  • an EPRR training and exercise programme
  • a plan to enable the Trust to respond to different types of emergencies for example, outbreaks system failures and increased demand for our services.
  • assessed the risk of different types of incidents
  • robust working arrangements with partner agencies.


The Civil Contingencies Act 2004 (CCA 2004)

The CCA had identified a clear set of roles and responsibilities for those involved in EPRR.


Category 1 responders are the parties at the core of emergency response and include NHS organisations, Public Health England (PHE), Police and Fire Brigade and the Local Authority.

As a category 1 responder the Trust is subject to the full set of civil protection duties. These include:

  • having emergency response plans in place
  • arrangements to make information available to the public and maintain
  • arrangements to warn, inform and advise the public in the event of an emergency
  • sharing information with other local responders to enhance co-ordination
  • co-operating with other local responders and our partner agencies, through the Local Resilience Forum, to enhance co-ordination and efficiency
  • having business continuity management arrangements in place. 


Emergency Planning at South Tyneside Foundation Trust

Every member of staff at south Tyneside Foundation trust plays a vital role in ensuring a professional NHS response to an incident. Our Director of Nursing and Patient safety, Dr Bob Brown is the Trust’s Accountable Emergency Planning Officer (AEO) and he is supported in this role by Julie Bloomfield, Emergency Planning Lead.


The EPRR Programme is overseen by the Trust Resilience Forum which meets quarterly and reports to the Trust Board.


For any further information contact Julie Bloomfield julie.bloomfield@stft.nhs.uk

Tel 07944028850