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Title: Healthcare emergency planning and management to major hazards in the UK

 

Authors: Nebil Achour; Federica Pascale; Robby Soetanto; Andrew D.F. Price

 

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Loughborough University, Ashby Road, Loughborough, Leicestershire, LE11 3TU, UK
School of Civil Engineering, Loughborough University, Ashby Road, Loughborough, Leicestershire, LE11 3TU, UK
School of Civil Engineering, Loughborough University, Ashby Road, Loughborough, Leicestershire, LE11 3TU, UK
School of Civil Engineering, Loughborough University, Ashby Road, Loughborough, Leicestershire, LE11 3TU, UK

 

Abstract: This study aims to examine the challenges and opportunities UK healthcare emergency planners and responders have to cope 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 in planning; involve independent experts 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 multiagency 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 operability.

 

Keywords: healthcare emergency planning; healthcare emergency management; UK; United Kingdom; major hazards; major emergencies; infrastructure; effectiveness optimisation; efficiency optimisation; multi-agency collaboration; resource integration; independent experts; vulnerabilities; risk assessment; healthcare management; healthcare planning; IT systems; information technology.

 

DOI: 10.1504/IJEM.2015.069514

 

Int. J. of Emergency Management, 2015 Vol.11, No.1, pp.1 - 19

 

Date of acceptance: 12 Dec 2014
Available online: 20 May 2015