The role of emergency preparedness exercises on the response in a major incident
Author(s):
Elena Skryabina
Affiliations:
Public Health England
PHE ePoster Library. Skryabina E. Mar 21, 2018; 205950; 12652
Dr. Elena Skryabina
Dr. Elena Skryabina
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Abstract Aim: to understand the impact of PHE ERD emergency preparedness exercises on health-care staff response to three major incidences in the UK.Background: PHE ERD run a regular series of emergency exercises around the country. It is rare to evaluate them in the context of a real major incident. Recent events in London and Manchester provide that chance.Methods: This is a mixed methods study, conducted by means of an anonymous on-line survey of responders to the Westminster Bridge attack, Manchester Arena bombing and London Bridge attack. An option to take part in the follow up interview to share in depth experiences with the response and PHE ERD emergency preparedness exercises is also offered. The study explores health care providers' perceptions of their response to identify components of training which enhance their abilities to respond to highly stressful situations. Specific focus is on exploring the role of emergency preparedness exercises in emergency response. Results: The survey was closed on the 10 December 2017. 79 responses, mostly from clinical staff of Acute Trusts, were collected. Responses were also provided by staff from Ambulance Services, PHE, NHS England, Mental Health Trusts and Voluntarily organisations. Interviews have been completed with 20 responders so far, across variety of organisations and response roles. The data collection and analysis is ongoing and will be completed by March 2017. Conclusions: This study will provide an evidence for the effectiveness of emergency preparedness exercises in the response to real major incidences and offer practical recommendations for effective exercise design and delivery. Funding This research was funded by the National Institute for Health Research, Health Protection Research Unit in Emergency Preparedness and Response at Public Health England's Emergency Response Department, in collaboration with King's College London.
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