Meet the Team
Team of the Year finalists in the recent Ambies, the resilience and specialist operations team are all either experienced ambulance service paramedics or have extensive past experience in fire and rescue services.
Train crashes, floods, pandemic flu and terrorist attacks are just a few of the types of incident we have to prepare for. Thankfully these major incidents are rare, but we still have to ensure the Trust is able to respond to these incidents while continuing to provide a high quality service to the communities we serve.
The main driver of what we do is the Civil Contingencies Act (2004), often referred to as "the Act". This legislation lays out specific duties for category 1 and category 2 responders. The Department of Health has produced a set of general principles to enable NHS organisations to develop their ability to respond to major incidents as well as manage their recovery. The National Ambulance Resilience Unit (NARU) is a recently formed organisation which ensures national resilience across all ambulance trusts in the UK. The NHS Emergency Planning Guidance 2005 can be found here.
Just as the threats and hazards we face are ever changing, so is the work of the resilience and specialist operations team. Chemical, biological, radiological and nuclear (CBRN) incidents, business continuity and Hazardous Area Response Teams (HART) are just three of the key areas that have developed over the last few years. The operation of the trust's two air ambulances also comes under the remit of RSO.
Each of the team have adopted several workstreams that cover these and other key areas. Details of their work can be found on their individual pages.