New Major Incident Training launched at local hospitals

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Hinchingbrooke Hospital, part of North West Anglia NHS Foundation Trust, is one of the first hospitals in the country to offer its staff a newly revised course to plan and prepare for a Major Incident, should one occur in the area. 

The Major Incident Medical Management & Support (HMIMMS) course - incorporates important learning gained from hospitals and other emergency services during the 2017 terrorist attacks. The training is interactive and involves workshops on specific aspects of the response and types of incidents, and several tabletop exercises in a given scenario.  

Hospitals are required to ensure their staff are trained and rehearsed so that they are prepared to manage the hospital’s response if a major incident was declared. A major incident is declared when an event or situation requires special arrangements by one or more of the emergency services. 

Celia Kendrick, Head of Resilience and Emergency Preparedness for North West Anglia NHS Foundation Trust, said: “We are very proud that we are one of relatively few major incident training centres in the country, but also one of the first to offer this most up to date version of the course. A major incident isn’t something people like to think about, but as a hospital it’s vital that we are prepared.  

“Another course is taking place at Peterborough City Hospital later this year and will be attended by staff from several hospitals across the country.”

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