NHS reflects on harrowing events of 2017

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A year on from the Grenfell Tower fire, a new NHS Confederation paper considers the learning from the NHS’s response to the tragedy which claimed 72 lives.

When tragedy strikes, launched at the NHS Confederation’s annual conference and exhibition in Manchester, features an interview with the clinical director leading the mental health response to the blaze, which has been described as the biggest operation of its kind in Europe – the number of people affected is likely to exceed 11,000.

Dr John Green, who is based at Central and North West London NHS Foundation Trust, provides an insight into how health and care services, both commissioners and providers, have worked together to support people affected by the tragic events of 14 June. It draws out key learning for NHS organisations across the country.

Terrorist attacks

The publication also reflects on the health service’s response to the harrowing terrorist attacks of 2017, including the Manchester Arena bombing.

Featuring interviews with Lord Kerslake, chair of the review into the emergency response to the Manchester Arena bombing, and NHS England’s trauma director Professor Chris Moran, the overarching message is simple: planning, multi-agency collaboration, and mental health support for both patients and staff are vital to providing the best possible care when tragedy strikes.

The Mayor of Greater Manchester, Andy Burnham, will provide his reflections on the attack in Manchester at a special talk at Confed18.

Delegates attending the NHS Confederation’s conference can pick up a copy of the report on stand FA6.

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