Wednesday 9th March Exercise STARLIGHT   

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Wednesday 9th, Exercise Starlight (1330 to 1630)


This exercise will take place in the bunker at County Hall, Bob Sayers G8IYK, and Mike Mobbs G8EEY have volunteered their assistance to Jayde Robinson HPRO.


INTRODUCTION


To ensure good practice and to comply with the Department of Health’s requirement for every NHS organisation to conduct major incident communications exercises, Norfolk LHRP Working Group will conduct a major incident communications exercise.

This exercise will test the major incident communications systems and will rehearse NHS staff in the receipt of communications messages and actions detailed in the NHS England Area Team Incident Response Plan and organisation’s own Incident Response Plans.


AIM AND OBJECTIVES


Aim:

To test the functioning of the major incident communications with other East Anglia NHS organisations’ systems and the effectiveness of cascading messages to the NHS during normal office hour’s periods.


Objectives:

To confirm that incident managers are able to contact CCGs via the major incident contact numbers.
To confirm that CCGs are able to contact Providers via the major incident contact numbers.

To review and amend, as necessary, the Area Team or CCGs Incident Response Plans to ensure lessons are learnt.








Debrief

Wednesday 9th, Exercise Starlight (1330 to 1630)


This exercise took place in the bunker at County Hall, Bob Sayers G8IYK, and Mike Mobbs G8EEY volunteered their assistance to Jayde Robinson HPRO. Robert Cotton attended to assist Jayde. The Exercise started at 1400 with Mike on Control1 a direct line in (Red Phone) allowing single call response, and Bob on Control2 a PBX hunt group number allowing for 3 call response. The logging sheets were issued specifically to each Control. It soon became obvious that the contact numbers that had been issued to the exercise participants had been swapped as calls came in to the wrong Controls. This was immediately overcome by having both logging forms available to both Controls. There was a slight problem with some participants using identification names which differed from the official versions, but Jayde was able to translate where necessary. All the objectives were met with ease well within the exercise time, indeed Endex was issued at 1448. The exercise proved to be very useful, with lessons learnt all round.


Bob G8SDU used the opportunity to test and confirm operation of the Raynet equipment insofar as the Bunker mounted antennae are concerned, and is now pursuing access to the inter-county links in the 9/10th floor of main building.