Preparing for the unexpected (1 CPD hour)
Good contingency planning can help a practice to cope with whatever is thrown its way, says GP Dr Simon Stockley.
This module offers a guide to how practices can plan effectively for the unexpected, including:
- Conducting the initial research for your plan
- Assessing the risks and brainstorming scenarios
- Planning how to reduce or manage these risks
- Ientifying alternative premises which could be used in the event of an emergency
- Writing down and communicating your plan
- Scheduling regular reviews of the plan
After reading this article you will be asked to record your learning points and some action points to earn a suggested 1 CPD credit. Below are some suggested questions to reflect on as you work through the module:
- Have you brainstormed a list of all the things that could affect the smooth running of your practice?
- Have you addressed the risks and made alternative plans?
- Could you make support arrangements with other local practices?
- Do you need business insurance to protect your practice against disruption?
- Have you communicated your plan to the whole team?
- Can you schedule regular reviews of your plan?
This module was first published on 8th February 2011 and was up to date with all key guidelines and evidence at that point. It will be reviewed as part of our routine update cycle by 8th February 2013 but will be updated sooner to reflect any key guideline changes.
Dr Simon Stockley is a GP in Stockton-on-Tees and managing director of emergency planning consultants, JRTS Medical Ltd
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