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Emergency Preparedness, Resilience and Response Lead

Torbay and South Devon NHS Foundation Trust
£50,952 to £57,349 a year per annum
Closing date
1 Jun 2023

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Other Health Profession
Band 8A
Contract Type
Full Time
Job summary

Lead and manage the Emergency Preparedness, Resilience and Recovery (EPRR) function for the Trust delivering excellent key performance outcomes and ensuring that the Trust is capable of discharging its responsibilities for Resilience as set out in the Civil Contingencies Act (2004), Health and Social Care Act 2012 and supporting guidance. To include:
  • Incident response - significant and major
  • Business Continuity
  • CBRN
  • Pandemic Infections
  • Adverse Weather that is a threat to operations
  • Environmental Disaster
  • Other emergency threats to the safety of patients and staff

Enable the organisation to mitigate the effects of a significant incident, major incident, pandemic influenza or other emergency, including preserving life and essential services; promoting recovery and restoring normal working; protecting the population and environment; provision of appropriate crisis support.

To provide leadership and support to the organisation for the management of resilience, ensuring that it is an integral part of operations, linking closely with the local authority, other health and social care providers.

Work closely with the relevant staff to ensure that departmental level business continuity plans are in place, up to date and fit for purpose for the organisation

To provide advice and support on the plans and legislation to the Chief Executive and Executive Directors on call in the event of a major incident.

Main duties of the job

Reporting to Chief Operating Officer who is the lead manager for EPRR.

This post is accountable for the delivery of Emergency Preparedness and Business Continuity throughout the Trust

Develops and leads the emergency planning agenda's and alongside the Chief Operating Officer is responsible for compliance with all statutory legislation within the remit of the post including (but not restricted to):
  • The Civil Contingencies Act 2004
  • Health and Social Care Act 2012
  • NHS CB Emergency Preparedness Framework (2013)
  • Care Quality Commission resilience standards
  • The Department of Health and Cabinet Office: National Framework for responding to an influenza Pandemic and associated guidance
  • ISO 22301

About us

The post holder will be part of the EPRR team that helps deliver an environment for those who use or work in the NHS which is safe and secure.

The NHS needs to be able to plan for and respond to a wide range of incidents and emergencies which could affect health or patient care. Under the Civil Contingencies Act (CCA) 2004, Torbay and South Devon NHS Foundation Trust is listed as a Category 1 responder and is subject to the full set of civil protection duties:
  • Assess the risk of emergencies occurring and use this to inform contingency planning
  • Put emergency plans in place
  • Put business continuity management arrangements in place
  • Put in place arrangements to make information available to the public about civil protection matters and maintain arrangements to warn, inform and advise the public in the event of an emergency
  • Share information with other local responders to enhance co-ordination
  • Co-operate with other local responders to enhance co-ordination and efficiency

Job description

Job responsibilities

Full Vacancy details can be found on the attached Job Description/Person Specification. Please refer to your suitability to the post in your supporting information from the role requirements or person specification .

Person Specification



  • Educated to degree level or demonstrates equivalent experience
  • Evidence of recent and relevant continuing professional and personal development
  • Highly developed specialist knowledge, post grad diploma or experience to masters level or equivalent


  • Post Graduate Diploma in EPRR (or equivalent experience to masters level)



  • Recent previous experience of emergency planning, capacity planning and business continuity management in NHS or Local Authority
  • In depth knowledge of resilience legislation and guidance including the Civil Contingencies Act 2004 and ISO 22301
  • Knowledge of the national and local agenda in relation to resilience
  • Corporate risk management frameworks, legislation and policies.
  • Quality initiatives, audit, quality assurance, root cause analysis etc.
  • Knowledge and understanding of Health and Safety requirements of a large and complex organisation
  • Proven relevant and recent experience of emergency planning, capacity planning and business continuity management in NHS or Local Authority
  • Knowledge and experience of emergency planning and business continuity in a complex organisation
  • Experience of developing, reviewing and testing emergency policies, plans and procedures in line with local and national guidance
  • Previous experience of leading the response to incidents as defined in NHS guidance
  • Previous experience of working in the NHS at an operational level in risk and incident management.
  • Experience of developing strategies, policies and procedures in accordance with national guidance.
  • Experience of planning table-top exercises or system testing methodologies
  • Experience of partnership working across organisations


  • Significant management experience in delivering key projects with corporate impact
  • Experience of service redesign
  • Experience of participating in multi-agency responses to major incidents
  • Good understanding of information sources within NHS

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