Health Protection Agency


The UK Health Protection Agency’s Emergency Response Department works to improve the UK’s emergency preparedness and response capability, developing infrastructure for surveillance and early recognition of events. The HPA works with the National Health Service, local authorities and the emergency services, identifying and strengthening countermeasures.

Exercises to test response capacity to health emergencies are conducted across the country with national and local partners, further improving emergency planning and preparedness in the UK. These activities include CBRN incident response, working in close collaboration with ambulance, fire and rescue and police services. On-going work within ERD also includes the psychosocial aspects of emergency management, including public responses to CBRN incidents.

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