Head of Emergency Preparedness, Resilience and Response (EPRR) reporting to the Procurement Director – NHS

The Public Sector Practice is currently partnering with the National Health Service (NHS) to support with the recruitment of a new permanent vacancy which offers a hybrid working policy, with a requirement to be based in the London office depending on business need. We’re looking for an experienced NHS professional with previous experience of emergency planning, business continuity and risk management with key attributes of high integrity and transparency and strong leadership skills.
About the role
Reporting into the Procurement Director, this is a cross functional role with responsibility for business partnering with both internal and external teams including Clinical Procurement Specialists, NHS England Emergency Services (MET police, London Fire and Ambulance Services).
You will work collaboratively to achieve and maintain statutory obligations and compliance with responsibilities set out in the Civil Contingencies Act (2004), the Health & Social Care Act 2012 and any associated regulations and guidance relating to emergency preparedness, resilience, and response (EPRR) including the EPRR ‘Core Standards’. Utilising highly developed communication skills, you’ll be the strategic lead, providing expert knowledge on matters relating to EPRR and business continuity management to guide the Procurement Service. 
The role responsibilities will cover five core pillars including Governance, Business Partnering and Resource Management. As the Head of EPRR, you will

  • Provide strategic and operational leadership in business continuity/emergency planning, developing policies and procedure development
  • Improve standards of emergency preparedness across the Partner Trusts and provide leadership on specialist emergency planning issues
  • Compile an annual EPRR workplan (including a training & exercising programme) with the aim of continual improvement and establishing best practice within EPRR
  • Manage highly complex EPRR Planning requirements for the Trust at department and Trust level and ensure that these are reflected in local regional and national EPRR risk agendas.
  • Ensure that all EPRR plans are up to date and revised as new legislation and national guidance is released
  • Review and develop KPI’s issued by the Emergency Planning and Resilience service to ensure all targets are being met
  • Collect and analyse highly complex and fluid information at operational/incident level
  • Design develop and maintain information systems for the deconfliction process including Capital Projects, Estates, ICT, Site changes and External events where appropriate for individual Trusts

About you

  • Professional emergency planner/ business continuity/ risk management qualification (desired)
  • Demonstrable evidence of previous work at a strategic level
  • Significant management experience at senior level in the NHS or other public healthcare related industry
  • Experience and/or understanding of the UK Health Economy
  • A rigorous knowledge of Emergency Planning, Business Continuity legislation, Crisis, and Risk Management.

Benefits working for the organization will include 

  • NHS Pension Scheme
  • 30 days holiday per annum (option to buy and sell)
  • Death in Service
  • Maternity/paternity/adoption and share parental leave
  • Flexi time and flexible working
  • Employee assistant (counselling)

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