Whether a community is in the path of a natural disaster, the target of an act of terror or simply striving to meet the pressures of increasingly dense urban populations, community resilience can help both groups and individuals not just to mitigate damage and heal but also to prosper. Lessons and experiences from serious incidents can be helpful in exploring how community resilience can serve as a sustainable paradigm for organising public health as well as medical preparedness, response and recovery. The learnings also serve as vehicles for better public-private co-operation in strengthening wider national resilience.
The NHS and PHE are at the forefront of the UK’s health programme and has experienced major challenges at the national and community level, from dealing with epidemics and pandemics, through Brexit, to cyber attacks. The WannaCry cyber attack in 2018, for example, resulted in 19,000 cancelled hospital appointments over a few days.
This lunchtime briefing will feature speakers involved in the nation’s health and resilience programme, as well as users and foundation trusts that deploy the services.
Professor Paul Cosford CB, Emeritus Medical Director, Public Health England