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Coronavirus (COVID-19): Scottish workbook 2020

Published: 7 Aug 2020
Last updated: 26 May 2021 - see all updates

This workbook explains how local and national public health agencies take the action needed to prevent coronavirus spread, together with advice on management of outbreaks. Sector advice cards can be found under supporting files.

Coronavirus (COVID-19): Scottish workbook 2020
Appendix 1: Classification of public health incidents

Appendix 1: Classification of public health incidents

1 Limited local impact - no significant risks to public health beyond the immediate group/setting affected in a single NHS Board area.

Response - Management:

  • NHS Board led IMT

Response - Resources:

  • Local NHS Board and Local Authority (LA) staff as required.
  • Support from Public Health Scotland (PHS) and other agencies as required.

2 Significant local impact - significant risk to public health beyond group/ setting affected mainly in single NHS Board area.

Response - Management:

  • NHS Board led IMT with links to other NHS boards as required
  • Consider need for Resilience Partnership (RP) co-ordinated response if wider consequences

Response - Resources:

  • Local HPT and LA staff.
  • Consider need for corporate response and/ or mutual aid.
  • Support from PHS and other agencies as required.

3 Significant wider impact - significant risk to wider public health affecting more than one NHS Board

Response - Management:

  • NHS Board or PHS-led IMT with input from affected NHS Boards as required.
  • Consider need for RP co-ordinated response if wider consequences.

Response - Resources:

  • Local HPT and LA staff
  • Support from other agencies as required
  • Consider need for corporate response and/ or mutual aid.
  • Consider need to activate Business Continuity Plan (BCP) or Major Incident Plan (MIP).

4 Severe local or wider impact - major ongoing risk to wider public health affecting one or more than one NHS Board with significant disruption of services

Response - Management:

  • NHS Board led Civil Contingencies response RP if impact in one NHS Board area. or
  • SG led RP response if more than one NHS Board area is involved.

Response - Resources:

  • All available public health resources in the NHS Board(s) and LA staff deployed.
  • Request mutual aid.
  • Consider PHS.
  • Activate BCP and/or MIP.

5 Catastrophic impact - major ongoing impact on public health with major disruption of normal societal functions

Response - Management:

  • SG led RP

Response - Resources:

  • All available public health resources in the NHS Board(s) and LA staff deployed.
  • MIP activated.

Source: reproduced from MPHI guidance (2020) Table 1


Contact

Email: covid-19.policy@gov.scot

First published: 7 Aug 2020 Last updated: 26 May 2021 -