Nottingham City local outbreak plan – A plan for how future outbreaks of coronavirus will be managed and controlled in Nottingham City has been published.
Nottingham City local outbreak plan
The Local Outbreak Control Plan sets out the framework for how Nottingham City Council will work with partners, businesses and citizens to contain the spread of the virus, working with the NHS Test and Trace service.
Directors of Public Health at local councils across England have been asked by the Government to lead and manage the risk of potential future outbreaks of coronavirus at a local level. This includes a particular focus on reducing outbreaks in places such as schools, care homes, prisons and factories.
Nottingham City Council is leading the plan in partnership with Nottinghamshire County Council, local NHS organisations, Public Health England, the Nottingham and Nottinghamshire Integrated Care System and the Nottinghamshire Local Resilience Forum.
Alison Challenger, Director of Public Health for Nottingham City, said: “The Local Outbreak Control Plan provides a solid framework for how we can work with partners to manage future outbreaks. It gives us the power to make the best decisions for our local citizens based on our local knowledge and expertise. We know that every incident will be different and that we will have to assess outbreaks on a case-by-case basis, but having a plan will allow us to respond quickly in a structured way.
“The plan builds on existing health protection plans already in place between councils and the NHS locally. We have strong relationships and ways of working already in place and these have only been strengthened further during the Covid-19 outbreak. We will continue to develop this over coming weeks and months as we plan for specific scenarios in different areas of the city in the same way that we prepare for all emergencies.”
A joint Health Protection Board led by the two Directors of Public Health from the City and County councils, with oversight by two member-led Engagement Boards made up of elected councillors, will lead the Local Outbreak Control Plans in Nottingham and Nottinghamshire. A subgroup will meet daily look at all of the data and local intelligence so that any emerging issues are picked up and responded to right away.
Nottingham and Nottinghamshire received a share of the Government’s £300m fund to implement the plans.
The funding will support major communications activity to inform the public about effective handwashing, social distance and face-coverings, or specific campaigns where needed to contain the virus locally. The funds will also help to establish stronger test and trace systems, data management and emergency response efforts to help respond to outbreaks.
The Plan builds on national Test and Trace arrangements. Local testing arrangements will ensure a fast and accessible response to support the management of outbreaks, including in high-risk settings or specific geographical areas, which require more bespoke arrangements.
Targeted information campaigns to help prevent future outbreaks are also planned, with a focus on complex and high-risk groups such as Black, Asian and Ethnic Minority, men, older groups and vulnerable people who live alone.
Cllr Sally Longford, Deputy Leader of Nottingham City Council and Chair of the Nottingham City Engagement Board that will oversee the planning, said: “Preventing the spread of Covid-19 will continue to be a team effort. I’ve been proud of the way that Nottingham’s communities, partners and businesses have worked together during the pandemic.
“So far Nottingham has not seen the levels of Covid-19 experienced in other parts of the country. That is down to the way everyone has played their part in helping to manage the outbreak by staying home, staying safe, hand-hygiene and observing social distancing. We need everyone to continue to help us with this to keep our city and its people safe.
“The Local Outbreak Control Plan isn’t simply about health data but about receiving local information on the ground. We will need partners, businesses, community leaders and the public to work with us and help provide information about any outbreaks so we can respond as quickly as possible.”
Cllr David Mellen, Leader of Nottingham City Council, said: “The Local Outbreak Control Plan is about how we respond to a rise in Covid-19 cases – but prevention still remains a priority and the best way of stopping the spread. I would like to thank everyone in Nottingham who has done their bit to stop the spread. We can clearly all continue to make a difference by through hand-washing with soap and water, wearing face coverings on public transport and maintaining social distancing wherever possible.
“Nottingham residents also need to continue to follow national guidance on staying at home if symptomatic or in a household which contains a symptomatic person or people who are clinically vulnerable and continuing to shield.”
The Nottingham City Local Outbreak Control Plan has been submitted to Government and is published here https://www.nottinghamcity.gov.uk/coronavirus-covid-19/nottingham-city-local-outbreak-control-plan/