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Major incident planning in primary care trusts in north-west England: a cross-sectional survey.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  20150607     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
The Civil Contingencies Act (2004) requires UK primary care trusts (PCTs) to plan and respond to major health incidents. We carried out a cross-sectional survey of all PCTs in the north-west region of England using a telephone interview with a structured questionnaire. We assessed: (1) staff members responsible for emergency planning; (2) risk assessment; (3) training and exercises; and (4) the planned response to a major incident. Response rate was 61% (20/33). Twelve out of 20 employed an emergency planning officer. All responding PCTs had participated in a tabletop exercise in the previous year and nine of 20 in a live exercise in the previous three years. Nine provided major incident training to new staff. Fifteen had discussed major incident preparations with their local acute trust but none could quantify the support they would be able to provide in terms of accelerated discharges. We have revealed potentially serious deficiencies in the emergency preparedness of many PCTs. PCTs are expected to play a vital role in coordinating the National Health Service (NHS) response to a major incident and these results have important implications for the ability of the NHS as a whole to effective respond to such incidents.
Thomas Day; Kirsty Challen; Darren Walter
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article; Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Health services management research : an official journal of the Association of University Programs in Health Administration / HSMC, AUPHA     Volume:  23     ISSN:  1758-1044     ISO Abbreviation:  Health Serv Manage Res     Publication Date:  2010 Feb 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2010-02-12     Completed Date:  2010-04-29     Revised Date:  -    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  8811549     Medline TA:  Health Serv Manage Res     Country:  England    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  25-9     Citation Subset:  H    
St George's Healthcare NHS Trust, Blackshaw Rd, Tooting, London, UK.
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MeSH Terms
Cross-Sectional Studies
Disaster Planning / standards*
Hospitals, Public*
Interviews as Topic
Mass Casualty Incidents*
Primary Health Care*

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