Business Continuity Plan Nhs

Guidance for health and care organisations producing an IT and information security business continuity policy and plan, to maintain business functions at acceptable predefined levels following a disruptive incident.

The guidance covers incident management, business continuity and disaster recovery through a business continuity plan, as well as training for staff, management, implementation and testing of the plan and policy.

NHS Supply Chain already has a proven emergency service that is available to NHS trusts 365 days per year, 24 hours per day and guarantees a delivery of stocked product within five hours of any emergency request being received.

For products that are not stocked within our distribution centre network such as Blue Diamond or e Direct products then we would endeavour to obtain stock for delivery within the shortest time possible.

All our teams have business continuity plans linked to our critical functions.

Our business continuity manager ensures that plans are completed and designed to support the service as a whole, regardless the cause of the interruption.

Products would be supplied via emergency transport, which may involve police escort.

Incidents four and five are classed as ‘normal business’.

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It ensures continuity of critical functions in the event of a disruption and an effective recovery afterwards.

The NHS needs to plan for and respond to, a wide range of incidents and emergencies that could affect health or patient care.

Service resilience is therefore essential for the NHS to ensure it can effectively manage risk and continuity of quality patient care in the event of unusual incidents on local, regional, national or global scales.

In 2012 the specification ISO 223 was published, and this is to be followed by a code of practice ISO 22313.

These two documents take business continuity management to the next level and our Board has agreed we will adopt these international standards for business continuity will be adopted by us.

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