Health Emergency Preparedness and Response

September 2016
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  • Publisher
  • Published
    23rd September 2016
  • ISBN 9781780644554
  • Language English
  • Pages 216 pp.
  • Size 6.75" x 9.5"

Intensely practical and down-to-earth, this timely new text covers the breadth of health emergency preparedness, resilience and response topics in the context of inter-disciplinary and whole society responses to a range of threats. It includes public, private and third sector roles in preparation for and in response to natural and man-made events, such as: major incident planning; infectious disease epidemics and pandemics; natural disasters; terrorist threats; and business and service continuity management.

The book builds upon the basics of risk assessment and writing an emergency plan, and then covers inter-agency working, command and control, communication, personal impact and business continuity as well as training, exercises and post-incident follow up. Detailing the full emergency preparedness and civil protection planning cycle, the book is illustrated throughout with real-life examples and case studies from global experts in the field for countries with both advanced and developing healthcare systems.

This practical handbook covering the essential aspects of major incident and disaster management is ideal for undergraduate and master's students in emergency management and public health, as well as for practitioners in emergency preparedness and civil protection. It will be valuable to all health practitioners from ambulance, hospital, primary and community care, mental health and public health backgrounds.

1: Introduction: Why do we need to Prepare?
2: The Planning Process
3: Risk Assessment
4: Writing an Emergency Plan
5: Emergency Planning and Response – Working in Partnership
6: Interprofessional Working – Understanding some Emotional Barriers and Unconscious Processes that might Influence Practice in Group and Team Work
7: Command, Control and Communication
8: Communications during a Health Emergency
9: Psychosocial and Mental Health Care Before, During and After Emergencies, Disasters and Major Incidents
10: Business Continuity
11: Training and Exercising for Emergency Preparedness, Resilience and Response
12: Post Incident Follow Up
13: Mass Casualty Incidents
14: Preparedness and Response to Pandemics and other Infectious Disease Emergencies
15: CBRN Incidents
16: A Military Case Study
17: From Pandemics to Earthquakes: Health and Emergencies in Canterbury, New Zealand

Chloe Sellwood

Chloe Sellwood works for the UK National Health Service (NHS) Strategic Health Authority (SHA) in London where she is the Pandemic Influenza Lead. She graduated in biochemistry in 1998 and completed a PhD in plant biochemistry in 2001. Her experience in pandemic preparedness ranges from international to local level, and encompasses both scientific and operational aspects. She spent over 7 years at the Health Protection Agency Centre for Infections, including 3 years as the Senior Scientist and Coordinator of the Pandemic Influenza Office from 2005 to 2008. She has worked with the WHO and the ECDC on international consultations, as well as on secondment to the Department of Health in England's Pandemic Influenza Preparedness Program. In her current role she is responsible for the strategic overview of influenza pandemic preparedness within the NHS in London.

Andy Wapling

Andy Wapling is in the National Health Service, London.