Non Clinical - Emergency Planning Support Officer

  • Department Emergency Planning Resilience and Response
  • Salary £25,655 - £31,534 per annum
  • Closing Date 07/12/2021
  • Location Cross Site- PRH/RSH
  • Grade NHS AfC: Band 5 (subject to AFC job banding)
  • Job ref 223-EPO-854
  • Pension NHS Pension
  • Holidays Generous Holiday Allowance
  • NHS discount Eligible for NHS Discounts
  • Contract Permanent
  • Hours Full time - 37.5 hours per week

Job overview

**Subject to confirmation of Agenda for Change job evaluation**

The Emergency Planning, Resilience and Response (EPRR) Team is responsible for ensuring the Trust achieves and maintains compliance
with its responsibilities set out in the Civil Contingencies Act 2004, Health and Social Care Act 2012 and any associated regulations and guidance
relating to emergency preparedness, resilience and response (EPRR), including NHS England’s core standards for EPRR.

An opportunity has arisen to join the team as a EPRR Officer.  The post-holder will be responsible for supporting the delivery of the Trust’s EPRR work programme which encompasses all elements of the Emergency Planning Cycle; assessing risk, developing and maintaining plans, testing and validating plans and training and exercising key staff.

Applicants will have a keen interest in EPRR and possess excellent communication and interpersonal skills with the ability to prioritise their
workload and meet demanding deadlines.  As an EPRR Officer, you will be flexible, resilient and have the ability to build strong working rapports.

The post-holder will be passionate and enthusiastic to develop their skills and knowledge in the field and work as a team to continuously develop
working practices.  The post-holder will work within a team which has a wide range of expertise along with a culture of sharing and learning.

The post-holder will be based at The Royal Shrewsbury Hospital, but there will be a requirement to work from other sites.


Main duties of the job

The postholder is expected to act autonomously and proactively under the direction of the EPRR Manager and the Trust Emergency Planning and Business Continuity Group.

The postholder will be responsible for ensuring the success of project activities such as benefit realisation or change management.

The role is critical for the Trust in ensuring delivery of the Trust’s EPRR strategy and by doing so complying with the EPRR Core Standards.

Assist the EPRR Manager in delivery and maintenance of the Trust’s Emergency Preparedness, Resilience and Response arrangements.

The postholder is expected to attend health and multi-agency Local Resilience Forum  groups providing health liaison and input as well as administrative support.

Facilitating and participating in debriefs to identify lessons learnt.

Working for our organisation

The Emergency Planning Team is responsible for fulfilling the statutory duties of the Civil Contingencies Act (2004) and the NHSE/I Core Standards for Emergency Planning Resilience and Response. 

As part of this role you will have the opportunity to work with a range of multiagency partners (police, ambulance, military etc) as part of our preparedness for major incidents and emergencies that might impact on the Trust.

We are a highly motivated and cohesive team putting the patient at the centre of all our discussions. The Capacity & Emergency Planning Team is
a fast paced area, but ensuring patient safety in the Acute Trust setting is very rewarding.

We pride ourselves on effective communication and team working to support each other and provide the best service we can.

Detailed job description and main responsibilities

For full duties and responsibilities please refer to the attached document entitled Job Description.

Person specification

Experience and Attainments

Essential criteria

Experience of organising workshops and events
Demonstrable level of experience/ keen interest in EPRR and a Business Continuity
Experience of delivering training and exercises and public speaking.
Evidence of applying project management skills including planning and organising resources to support implementation / effective risk management / performance monitoring and evaluation
Evidence of successful collaborative and partnership working within and across organisations
Evidence of taking the initiative and demonstrating drive, commitment and self-motivation

Desirable criteria

Major incident/ Critical Incident experience (exercise or live incident)
Proven track record of working in health, social care or private sector, leading and supporting individuals to write Business Continuity Plans.

Education/ Training

Essential criteria

Diploma in Health Emergency Preparedness/ commitment to achieve a Diploma in Health Emergency Preparedness
Clear and in depth knowledge of the Civil Contingencies Act 2004.

Desirable criteria

Emergency Planning and/or Business Continuity Qualification(s)
Knowledge of NHS England’s Core Standards
Member of a professional body (The EPS/ ICPEM)
Proficient and up to date specialist knowledge of Business Continuity regulations, international standards, policies and procedures
Experience of presenting to multidisciplinary professional and public audiences.


Essential criteria

knowledge of Emergency Planning related legislation and guidance

The well-being of our staff is of the upmost importance to us.  If you are offered a role at our Trust, and fall into the increased and higher risk categories as set out by Public Health England (PHE) and NHSI/E, your line manager will complete an risk assessment with you.  This will be completed in conjunction with the latest guidance from Public Health England in relation to Covid-19.

By submitting your application to Trac, you are giving your consent for parts of your application data to be transferred to the NHS Electronic Staff Record (ESR) and other secure, internal NHS Workforce systems. This is to support and manage your recruitment and employment within your employing organisation. 

If successful, by completing the NHS Jobs application form you authorise the Trust to obtain any previous NHS service details including all electronically held sickness information, via the Inter Authority Transfer process on the national ESR.

If the role requires a qualification/professional registration, you will need to provide proof during the recruitment process. By submitting your application you are giving the Trust permission to check the qualification certificates provided back to the source provider. Please note that a sample of all applicant’s qualifications will be checked with the educational institution or provider.

In the event of a high response to this advertisement, this post will be closed. Early applications are advised.
Unfortunately we do not accept CVs or keep them on file. If you are unable to apply online please contact the person named in the advertisement for the post you are interested in.
We are committed to offering an interview to all applicants with a disability who meet the minimum criteria for the above position and will support reasonable adjustments wherever possible.  In addition, whilst all applicants will be judged on merit alone, we particularly welcome applications from candidates who are male, from black and minority ethnic backgrounds or who have a disability, as these are currently under-represented in our workforce.
We are committed to equal opportunities in employment. The policies and practices of the Trust aim to promote an environment that is free from all forms of unlawful or unfair discrimination and values the diversity of all people. At the heart of our policy, we seek to treat people fairly, flexibly and with dignity and respect.

Thank you for your interest in The Shrewsbury and Telford Hospital NHS Trust, we look forward to receiving your application for employment.

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