The Trust’s escalation status is an indicator of the operational pressures the organisation is experiencing. Key factors influencing divisional and overall, Trust escalation status include predicted demand, available resources, and capacity. The national framework for Operational Pressures Escalation Level (OPEL) is designed to ensure standardisation of escalation status declaration, interpretation, and response. This plan is based upon the national framework and has been adapted to incorporate specific triggers (at a local level), influencing both departmental and Trust wide escalation status. This plan should be read in conjunction with the National Operational Escalation Levels Framework 2023/24, and all local System Plans relating to winter and surge / escalation.


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Compiled by: James A. Thomas, Chief Operating Officer
Claire O’Brien, Head of Emergency Planning and Resilience
Cherry Jordan, Patient Flow and Discharge Lead
Anne Carey Deputy Chief Operating Officer
Ratified by: TEC
Date Ratified: January 2024
Date Issued: January 2024
Review Date: January 2025
Target Audience: All staff
Contact name: Claire O’Brien, Head of Emergency Planning and Resilience


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