Purple guide event planning
- The objectives for organisers should be to provide a safe, effective and resilient medical service, and to minimise the impact of the event on the local NHS.
- Every event should have an appropriate level of medical cover, that is set out in a specific Medical Plan, and based on a comprehensive Risk Assessment & Method Statement (RAMS)
- Medical providers vary in capability and experience. Organisers should exercise due diligence in selecting one that is competent and reliable.
- The medical provider should carry out a full risk assessment and produce an appropriate medical plan.
- Organisers should ensure that medical staff are suitably qualified and be wary of designations which are not protected titles.
- Proposed staffing levels and skill mix should be agreed by the organiser and the provider.
- Medical facilities should be designed, sited, equipped and staffed in accordance with expected activity.
- Reliable communications are important for effective working.
- Patient records are confidential and can only be released under certain circumstances.
- Medical and welfare services should work together to reduce harm and safeguard those who may be vulnerable.
- Organisers should consider all phases of the event, including build, break, ingress and egress, as these all have their own challenges.
- Organisers should ensure that the medical plan includes capacity for unexpected contingencies.