Continuity Planning

Continuity planning (sometimes also called disaster planning, recovery planning, contingency planning)

Every practice should have a plan which sets out what is to be done in the event of any unexpected disaster, incident or failure which has the potential to de-stabilise the practice and impact on the short, medium or long term running of the practice; such events as fire, flood, damage to buildings, failure of power / phones / computers, loss of data, loss of key personnel, epidemics / pandemics.

Such a plan may be called a Continuity Plan (but may also be known as a disaster plan, a recovery plan, a contingency plan). The plan should identify what actions should be taken in the event of an incident, what back up arrangements exist and how they should be activated. Creating a continuity plan involves identifying all the risks (i.e. the occurrences which can cause disruption) and setting out what actions should be taken for each circumstance.

FPM continuity / disaster planning toolkit

To help practices develop their continuity plans, we have prepared a toolkit which describes in simple, plain English, the process of creating a continuity plan and provides a risk assessment template (including examples of typical risks), plus a draft of a complete continuity plan which you can adapt for your practice. Subscribers to the FPM website can access the Continuity / Disaster Planning Toolkit in the toolkits section of the websiteIf you are not a member, have a look at the information about the benefits of membership and how to subscribe.

The Civil Contingencies Act

What is the relationship between a continuity plan and The Civil Contingencies Act? See the The Civil Contingencies Act page for more information on this.

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