Somerset Clinical Commissioning Group

Emergency Preparedness Resilience and Response

The NHS needs to plan for, and respond to, a wide range of incidents and emergencies that could affect health or patient care. These could be anything from extreme weather conditions to an outbreak of an infectious disease or a major transport accident. The Civil Contingencies Act (2004) requires NHS organisations, and providers of NHS-funded care, to show that they can deal with such incidents while maintaining services.

This programme of work is referred to in the health community as emergency preparedness, resilience and response (EPRR). The requirements for how local health organisations will carry out their EPRR responsibilities are set out in the Health and Social Care Act 2012 and associated guidance related to EPRR. If you would like more information or have any queries, please email

Relevant information can be found on the NHS England website

The Health and Social Care Act 2012 designates Clinical Commissioning Groups as Category Two responders.  Category Two are ‘co-operating bodies’. Category 2 responders have a smaller set of duties to Category One responders.  Somerset CCG is a Category Two Responder.

The EPRR Policy outlines how NHS Somerset CCG will meet the duties set out in legislation and associated statutory guidelines, as well as any other issues identified, by way of risk assessments and identified capabilities.  

Somerset CCG EPRR Policy

Emergency plans are in place to enable NHS Somerset CCG to respond to the identified risks contained within the risk register. Specific plans include:

  • Incident Response Plan
  • Business/Service Continuity Plan
  • Other specific local threats such as severe weather, flooding and pandemic flu

The CCG Responsible Officer for EPRR is David Freeman, Chief Operating Officer/ and the Governing Body clinical and non-executive lead is the Chair, Dr Ed Ford.




Contact Somerset CCG by phone or email:

01935 384000 


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