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Crisis Resilience Improvement Plan and Health Protection Review published

31 July 2023

The Government has published the Crisis Resilience Improvement Plan (CRIP), which was a recommendation of the Independent COVID-19 Review, and the Health Protection Review (HPR). This follows a comprehensive review conducted following the COVID-19 pandemic and recent major incidents that have challenged the Island’s resilience.

Crisis Resilience Improvement Plan (CRIP)

Suzanne Wylie, Chief Executive Officer and Head of Public Service, said: “Jersey has had its resilience tested in recent years. Reviewing our response to these challenges, learning from them and building that learning into our future planning arrangements is essential. This Improvement Plan has been developed following the independent review of the Island’s response to COVID-19, but also includes some early learning from more recent incidents.”

The Emergency Planning and Public Health teams have worked together, drawing on activity underway and completed in their areas which is relevant to ‘crisis resilience improvement’. Within the plan is a detailed response to each Independent COVID Review recommendation, setting out what has been achieved so far and what is planned for each action, alongside reflections on the recent major incidents, and the development of the new Community Risk Register and Civil Contingences Law.

Minister for Home Affairs, Deputy Helen Miles, commented: “The Crisis Resilience Improvement Plan is a multifaceted approach designed to learn from our experiences and enhance our preparedness for future. We have responded to the recommendations of the Independent COVID-19 Review, and identified key areas where improvements are needed to ensure our resilience, reinforce our emergency response capabilities and enhance our crisis communication strategies.”

Health Protection Review (HPR)

Following the COVID-19 pandemic, it was determined that a review of current health protection practices in the Island was needed to understand the strengths and weaknesses.

The HPR was conducted through a series of semi-structured interviews with colleagues from across the Government, taking place between January and May 2022. Interviewees were asked about strengths and limitations of their current practice as well as ideas for development of their function and their experience of the system as a whole.

The review found significant strengths in Jersey but also 30 recommendations for improvement, including the need to develop a Health Protection Partnership to provide support, co-ordination, and strategic direction for government departments, and the need to update the Public Health Law from 1934.

Director of Public Health, Professor Peter Bradley, said: “It is good to see that we have strengths in the way our health protection system operates. This review, along with the CRIP, will help Public Health Jersey and the wider Government of Jersey understand how we can better deliver services and focus on those areas that need improvement.”

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