Peterborough and Stamford Hospitals

NHS Foundation Trust

Sat Jul 21 2007

Community Risk Register

The Civil Contingencies Act 2004 places a duty on all Category 1 responders to 'assess the risk of an emergency within, or affecting a geographical area for which each Category 1 responder is responsible'.

In order to comply with the Civil Contingencies Act 2004 Peterborough and Stamford Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust (the Trust) is required to assess the risk of an emergency occurring that could impact the delivery of service.

Risk assessment is the first step in the emergency planning process; it ensures that our plans are sound and proportionate to risks. Identifying risks enables the Trust to:

  • have an accurate and shared understanding of the risks that we face
  • provide a rational basis for the prioritisation of objectives, work programmes and the allocation of resources
  • assess the adequacy of our plans and capabilities, allowing gaps to be identified
  • facilitate joined-up local planning, based on consistent planning assumptions
  • inform and reflect regional and national risk assessments that support emergency planning

The hospital has assessed the risks using a recognised risk assessment process. This process assesses the likelihood of events and the potential consequences, which then gives an overall risk rating.


The risk ratings range from low risk through to high risk.

The Trust has considered the source of potential risks (e.g. fire, terrorism, natural disasters and loss of utilities) and the area of impact (e.g. human resources, accommodation) and using the process detailed above has assigned a risk ratings.

The Trust has identified a series of areas of impact, pertaining to business continuity or service interruption, and each of these areas has a suitable contingency plan to manage the identified risk. The risk rating for the majority of assessments equates to moderate or low risk, which will be managed by routine procedures. We have identified three risk ratings that indicate a significant risk that require further contingency planning.

The Trust Healthcare Governance Strategy states that a moderate level of risk or below is an acceptable risk to an organisation.

The risk assessment will form part of the Trust’s Risk Register and be reviewed by the Healthcare Governance Committee.

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