Developing and improving national standards
The principle function of the CQA team in NARU is to develop and improve the national standards that maintain the set of interoperable capabilities.
The Interoperable Capabilities are:
- HART – Hazardous Area Response Teams
- MTFA – Marauding Terrorist Firearms Attack
- CBRN – Chemical / Biological / Radiological / Nuclear
- Mass Casualties
- Command & Control
National Standards are developed by NARU. They include the contractual standards for interoperable capabilities which are then incorporated into the EPRR Core Standards by NHS England.
Each of the interoperable capabilities are further described through a set of Matrices. These sit between the National Contract Standards and Standard Operating Procedures.
For more information on matrices and how they work, refer to the CQA National Provisions document.
You can download the current matrices here:
- Confined Space & Unstable Terrain
- HazMat & CBRN
- Safe Working at Height
- Support to Security Ops & MTFA
- Water Operations
You can download the spreadsheet of the HART Estate Specification here.
Support to Commissioners and Trust Boards
These videos provide further information for Commissioners and Trust Boards on operating the interoperable capabilities.
Information for Trust Boards
Information for Commissioners