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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


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First published: 7 Aug 2020 Last updated: 2 Feb 2021 -