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Business Continuity in the NHS

Business Continuity in the NHSThe importance of Business Continuity Management in the NHS has increased markedly in recent years. This is a result of both the experience of real incidents (such as the 2007 floods and H1N1 pandemic) and the emergence of formal standards and guidance including:

  • The Civil Contingencies Act (2004) and associated guidance;
  • ISO 22301 – Societal Security – Business Continuity Management Systems;
  • PAS 2015: NHS Resilience – Guidance for NHS-Funded Organizations; and, most recently
  • Arrangements for Health Emergency Preparedness, Resilience and Response From April 2013.

Healthcare organisations are inherently complex, and implementing Business Continuity in the NHS involves some significant challenges. Nonetheless, some general principles can, and should be, applied as with any other organisation.  We discuss some of these in a recent article in the Journal of Emergency Planning and Business Continuity – “Implementing business continuity effectively within the UK National Health Service.”

Cambridge Risk Solutions’ consultants have experience of working with, and providing training for, a range of NHS organisations including SHAs, PCTs, Acute Trusts and Mental Health Trusts (see our Case Studies section for some examples). We are therefore ideally placed to assist NHS organisations with all aspects of Business Continuity planning, training and exercising.

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  • Business Continuity Planning

    Effective planning that takes into account risk evaluation and business impact analysis, supported by clear and concise crisis management. We work with you to develop user-friendly plans.

  • Business Impact Analysis

    The Business Impact Analysis (BIA) is one of the most important, and least well understood, stages of the Business Continuity Management Lifecycle; we can assist with your BIA.

  • Training and Exercising

    No Business Continuity Management programme is effective without a significant element of training. Moreover, ongoing Crisis Management training and exercising is key. We can provide objective training and exercising.

  • Risk Evaluation and Control

    Risk evaluation and treatment provide a process to identify, prioritise and managing your risks. Cambridge Risk Solutions can assist with risk management for business operational and information security risks.

  • Statement of Applicability

    Which controls do you need to have in place? How do you link your risk assessment process into your SoA? How do you ensure that you have effective controls in place? We can assist with your SoA.

  • Integrated Management Systems

    Management Systems assist with your on-going management, maintenance and continual improvement. We work with you to develop a fully integrated management system, enabling certification to ISO 22301 and ISO 27001.