Following feedback from previous outbreak response the Systematic Testing and Outbreak use case is proposing the creation of central resources to be deployed to assist DPH in the initial response to outbreaks. These would form a national strategic reserve that could be drawn upon by local authorities to enable activities at the local level. This will consist of specialist expertise through ‘surge’ teams and the provision of training, guidance and workforce best practice, where necessary.
A pool of various specialists will be formed to enable rapid deployment of multi-disciplinary surge teams to prevent and respond to outbreaks in urban areas. These surge teams will be led by ‘Crisis Programme Leaders’, who will serve as conduits between the national testing programme and local areas. Surge teams will undertake discovery and reconnaissance on behalf to the programme, to assess requirements and deploy testing to areas.
The Crisis Programme Leader reports to the Director of Public Health and serves as their chief of staff to implement the testing strategy for the region(s).
- Implement strategic decisions from DPH and Central Programme team and translate into tactical decisions
- Manage day-to-day operations of surge team
- Plan and enable triage and evaluation of outbreaks at short-notice and under time pressure
- Interface with local authorities, central authorities, and other supporting or enabling streams (e.g. logistics support)
- Assess and make tactical decisions on remediation activities, and escalations
- Report to relevant stakeholders on findings, next steps, and additional requirements