A SENIOR NHS official has been awarded a Diploma in Health Emergency Planning.
James Williams, Assistant Director in Public Health at Kirklees Primary Care Trust, received the award at a ceremony at the Royal Society in London.
The diploma course is all about planning and preparation to reduce operational problems for the NHS in an emergency and to make sure it complies with legislation.
Mr Williams said: “The NHS needs to have the capacity and capability to respond to a wide range of threats and major incidents. Undertaking this diploma course really brought the theory and practice of emergency planning together for me.
“I feel that I am better able to ensure the Kirklees PCT has appropriate systems in place to not only comply with legislation, but to respond effectively should it be called upon to do so during a major incident.’’
Dr Penny Bevan, Director of Emergency Preparedness at the Department of Health; Prof Pat Troop, former Chief Executive of the Health Protection Agency and Bruce Mann, Head of the Civil Contingencies Secretariat, presented the awards.
Mr Williams was one of 83 passes nationally from 174 people who undertook the course.
This qualification is the first of its kind in the UK.