National Standards

NHS England Core Standards for EPRR

Providing a consistent and cohesive framework for EPRR activities

As part of the NHS England Emergency Preparedness, Resilience and Response (EPRR) Framework, providers and commissioners of NHS funded services (including all NHS ambulance services) must show they can effectively respond to major, critical and business continuity incidents whilst maintaining services to patients.

NHS England Core Standards for EPRR set out the minimum requirements expected of providers of NHS funded services in respect of EPRR.

The work of NARU is dedicated to helping ensure the ambulance service meets the requirements of these important core standards.

The NHS England Core Standards for EPRR are designed to:

  • Enable health agencies across the country to share a common approach to EPRR.
  • Allow coordination of EPRR activities according to the organisation’s size and scope.
  • Provide a consistent and cohesive framework for EPRR activities.
  • Inform the organisation’s annual EPRR work programme.

Relevant legislation and guidance

The Civil Contingencies Act 2004 and the NHS Act 2006 as amended by the Health and Social Care Act 2012 underpin EPRR within health. Both Acts place EPRR duties on NHS England and the NHS in England, including all NHS ambulance trusts.

Additionally, the NHS Standard Contract Service Conditions (SC30) requires providers of NHS funded services to comply with the EPRR Framework and other NHS England guidance.