This guidance describes the generic organisational arrangements for managing public health incidents and the roles and responsibilities of NHS led Incident Management Teams (IMTs). It covers both planning and response based on a set of key principles and key functions. The guidance does not replicate that found elsewhere but sets out a hierarchy of existing guidance. It also illustrates how the response to an incident will change depending on the level and scale of that incident. It covers single and multi Board incidents and incidents where a national response is required.
In summary, this guidance should be regarded as a reference document for use by NHS Boards and Local Authorities to develop integrated local public health incident response plans and procedures. Local plans and procedures should be drawn up under the general direction of the NHS Board in close collaboration with Local Authorities and other partners, where appropriate. Further detail on statutory responsibilities and roles and responsibilities of the various agencies that lead and/or contribute to managing public health, where appropriate, can be found at Annex A and B in the document.