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Title: Healthcare emergency planning and management to major hazards in the UK
Authors: Achour, Nebil
Pascale, Federica
Soetanto, Robby
Price, Andrew D.F.
Keywords: Emergency planning
Emergency management
UK
Healthcare
Major hazards
Infrastructure
Effectiveness and efficiency
Multi-agency
Integration
Collaboration
Process
Issue Date: 2015
Publisher: © 2015 Inderscience Enterprises Ltd.
Citation: ACHOUR, N. ... et al, 2015. Healthcare emergency planning and management to major hazards in the UK. International Journal of Emergency Management, 11 (1), pp.1-19.
Abstract: In response to the financial climate, the UK healthcare system is undergoing major restructuration in which many organisations are ‘disappearing’ or re-integrating to create new organisations. These will play a role in the delivery of healthcare in major emergencies. This study aims to examine the challenges and opportunities that the UK healthcare emergency planners and responders have in coping with major hazards. The study followed a qualitative research methodology where data was collected from a comprehensive literature review, an international workshop and interviews. The findings established that the UK healthcare emergency planning process needs to: consider the integration of soft and hard resources (e.g. processes, staff and infrastructure) in planning; involve independent experts (e.g. academics) for further support; and use IT systems innovatively to develop a comprehensive emergency model, predict vulnerabilities and optimise effectiveness and efficiency. The major recommendations are to: identify and evaluate risks more accurately; enhance opportunities and reduce risks associated with multi-agency approaches; ensure that soft and hard resources are well integrated in planning; involve and integrate more with independent parties such as academia for extra support; and innovatively use IT systems to develop a comprehensive emergency model, predict vulnerabilities and optimise effectiveness and efficiency.
Description: This paper was published as Open Access by Inderscience at: http://dx.doi.org/10.1504/IJEM.2015.069514
Sponsor: This work was supported by the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC, UK)[Grant number: EP/I029788/1].
Version: Published
DOI: 10.1504/IJEM.2015.069514
URI: https://dspace.lboro.ac.uk/2134/17642
Publisher Link: http://dx.doi.org/10.1504/IJEM.2015.069514
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