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Emergency Planning

​Clinical Commissioning Groups (CCG’s) are now Category 2 responders under the Civil Contingencies Act 2004. This requires them to share information and co-operate with other agencies in terms of planning for emergencies.

The Department of Health however has indicated an expectation that CCG’s also undertake the duties assigned to Category 1 responders; which requires production of Emergency Plans, Business Continuity Plans, Assessment of Risk and ensuring that there are arrangements for informing and warning the public. This will allow CCG’s to be part of the overall planning process within both the Local Resilience Forum and the Local Health Residence Partnership.

Under the guidance issued by NHS England, CCG’s are required to have a system in place which will allow their commissioned services to contact them on a 24/7 basis.   This 24/7 access will additionally allow the NHS England Area Team to make contact in emergencies, allowing CCG’s to work with the Area Team in support of the wider NHS response to any incident. NHS Halton CCG is part of the Mid Mersey CCG group. This group provides a 24/7 overall response.

CCG’s are required to ensure they have a Business Continuity and Incident Response Plan in place which complies with the NHS Core Standards for Emergency Planning , Response and Resilience ( EPRR) and are also required to assure themselves that their commissioned services have plans in place to respond to and recover from emergencies.