Business continuity: strategic guidance for NHS health boards

This guidance focuses on the strategic high level aspects of business continuity management which allows for local interpretation on how each health board in Scotland delivers at an operational level to suit their business needs.

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Document Title:

Business Continuity: Strategic Guidance for NHS Organisations in Scotland

Owner and Contact Details:

Health Emergency, Preparedness, Resilience & Response (EPRR) Division

Health and Social Care Dirctorate

Scottish Government St Andrew’s House, 1 Regent Road, Edinburgh, EH1 3DG

Scottish Government Sponsor Department:

Health and Social Care Directorates: Health Emergency Preparedness, Resilience and Response (EPRR) Division

Publication Date: November 2023

Next Review Date: 2026

Reader Information

Target Audience

  • NHS Chief Executives
  • NHS Executive Leads for Resilience
  • NHS Resilience Managers/Officers
  • Integration Joint Boards, Chairs
  • Health and Social Care Partnerships, Chief Officers
  • Scottish Government: Health and Social Care Directorates

Document Purpose

To provide strategic guidance for NHS Organisations on business continuity management.


Guidance on business continuity management and the promotion of joint and collaborative working with other Health Boards and partner organisations planning for and responding to disruption of normal service levels

Superseded Documents

Business Continuity: A Framework for NHSScotland. Strategic Guidance for NHS Organisations in Scotland (2009)

Action Required

NHS Boards should use this strategic guidance alongside the ‘Preparing for Emergencies: Guidance for Health Boards in Scotland 2023’ as part of their overall approach to managing disruptive events within their organisation.





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