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Emergency Services

Emergency Services

Coventry University has been at the forefront of Emergency Planning and Disaster Management education for the last two decades and offers undergraduate and postgraduate degrees as well as professional development programmes and bespoke training and education.

Specialisms include: integrated emergency planning, business continuity, crisis management, incident management, crowd safety and crowded places and community resillience. Designed with the needs of senior managers in mind, we work with organisations from across the field of emergency response and management to develop bespoke training and education.

Incident command

(code: DEP5D1718)

Course summary:

The aim of this course is to facilitate a detailed understanding of the systems, processes and challenges facing those who might command large-scale, complex and evolving incidents. This course will review decision making processes, theory and models, situational awareness and leadership approaches in the context of supporting others to operationally resolve an emergency situation in an appropriate and effective way. 

Key principles, practice in assessing dynamic risk in emerging contexts, perceptions of risk and dealing with uncertainty will be explored. Delegates will undertake evaluation of the effectiveness of command structures and communication within and beyond their agency, and matters of timeliness, effective resourcing and responsiveness in a complex and dynamic situation will also be developed. Further to this, the role of debrief and review will be analysed. This module has been mapped against Skills for Justice requirements and the Joint Emergency Services Interoperability Principles (JESIP).

Details:

  • Critically examine concepts and theories and sector-practice case studies associated with the  command of incidents, situational awareness and decision making during emergencies
  • Use simulations to evaluate the incident command process and critically analyse the challenges for effective leadership and co-ordination in multi-stakeholder, complex and dynamic incidents
  • Apply conceptual perspectives in practice to evaluate dynamic risks, uncertainty and options for managing and minimising those risks during an evolving incident
  • Critically evaluate and apply post-incident evaluation methods(including debriefs) to identify personal and agency-level lessons to be learned

Who should attend?:

Local and regional government organisations, the uniformed services, health and other public sector agencies and relevant private sector organisations.

Duration: 5 days

 

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Introduction to disaster and emergency planning 

(code: EMP5D1718)

Course summary:

The aim of this course is to provide delegates with a critical understanding of the concepts, issues, processes and structures relevant to the development of effective strategies for preparing for, responding to and recovering from emergencies and disasters. Delegates will engage with approaches to a range of emergency preparedness arrangements across a broad scope of natural, social and technological hazards.

The course will focus on the composition and structure of emergency plans, policies and practices. This includes consideration and evaluation of the various organisational, institutional and legal frameworks that influence emergency preparedness and examination of wider social and technological factors that can affect emergency planning at the local, sub-national, national and international levels.

Details:

  • Analyse and critically evaluate the various styles and principles underpinning a range of emergency plans
  • Critically assess the various approaches used to develop municipal, local, regional, state and national emergency plans
  • Critically evaluate the structures, policies and legislation that influence emergency preparedness
  • Assess the effects of emergency and disaster scale on the planning process
  • Construct appropriate training, exercising and testing programmes for a range of emergency plans

Who should attend?:

Local and regional government organisations, the uniformed services, health and other public sector agencies and relevant private sector organisations.

Duration: 5 days

 

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Integrated emergency management, practice and issues

(code: EMP5D1718)

Course summary:

This course will analyse the issues arising from fulfilling the duties and responsibilities in relation to emergency management and enable delegates to acquire and apply knowledge and skills to prepare integrated arrangements for dealing with emergencies. Theory and concepts relevant to emergency management, including the role of the state and public policy will be analysed in order to equip delegates to critically assess and evaluate emergency management policy and practice.

The course will examine requirements arising from the UK and European legislative framework for emergencies. An analysis of the concept of Integrated Emergency Management and its implications for the duties of the Civil Contingencies Act will be a particular area of focus. 

Details:

  • Critically analyse the system of UK government and, in a comparative international context, the system of governmentin other selected MEDCs. The role of the private and voluntary sectors will be analysed, with a focus on those organisations and functions of relevance to dealing with  emergencies
  • Evaluate emerging issues in emergency management and appreciate their implications for emergency management policy and practice in the UK and other MEDCs
  • Understand how different theoretical perspectives may provide an understanding of emergency management policy and practice as well as to provide guidance for improved policy and practice
  • Critically analyse statutes, regulations and guidance relevant to UK emergencies, in particular, the Civil Contingencies Act, for the purpose of appropriately applying knowledge to the preparation of integrated arrangements to deal with emergencies
  • Critically analyse the problems of multi-organisation emergency preparedness and response, to evaluate the concept of Integrated Emergency Management and to understand the application of this concept in a multi-organisational response to an emergency

Who should attend?:

Local and regional government organisations, the uniformed services, health and other public sector agencies and relevant private sector organisations.

Duration: 5 days

 

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Communities - approaches to resilience and engagement

(code: ARE5D1718)

Course summary:

Despite the recent popularity and frequent use of the community resilience concept in emergency and disaster management research and policy programmes, there is a confusing range of theoretical and operational interpretation. This course aims to provide delegates with a high-level understanding of community resilience and associated concepts. 

Through analysis of UK and international case studies, delegates will evaluate determinants of resilience and the role of professionals and communities in the development of resilience. Methods for engagement with community groups and the role of public service providers/non-government organistions will be critically assessed. Issues relating  to sustainable approaches and monitoring and methods of evaluating the effectiveness of resilience interventions will be covered.

Details:

  • Analyse the determinants of community and resilience
  • Evaluate and apply appropriate methods for engaging with communities for the assessment of adaptive resilience
  • Propose appropriate methods to build communityresilience effectively
  • Design appropriate community-based monitoring and evaluation approaches

Who should attend?:

Local and regional government organisations, the uniformed services, health and other public sector agencies and relevant private sector organisations. Those involved with any aspect of community engagement in diverse contexts. This could be in local or national government or the community and voluntary sector.

Duration: 5 days

 

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Disaster risk reduction and development 

(code: DRD5D1718)

Course summary:

This course aims to provide delegates with an understanding of the key theories, concepts, practices and skills which are critical to international development, relief and emergency practice in an increasingly complex environment. The course takes an enquiring approach to theories within development and disaster risk reduction and their impact on field practice. In addition it allows a more thorough and critical exploration and evaluation of the aims, areas of activity and specific projects of NGO’s, multilateral agencies and institutions. Upon completion of this module, the delegate will be able to recognise the inseparable link between development, disaster risk reduction and humanitarian practice.

Details:

  • Critically evaluate the range of concepts and theories that underpin sustainable development and development practice
  • Critically assess the roles played by key governance and development institutions within development contexts
  • Analyse the theories, concepts and role of key international conventions and agreements that underpin development and disaster risk reduction practice
  • Assess some managerial and operational challengesand opportunities that can impact on the effectiveness of organisations and programming
  • Critically examine and research one aspect of the work/function of an organisation, NGO’s, agency, evaluating the effectiveness of aims, initiatives and specific projects and making recommendations to improve outputs

Who should attend?:

Local and regional government organisations, the uniformed services, health and other public sector agencies and relevant private sector organisations.

Duration: 5 days

 

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Risk, crisis and continuity management 

(code: RCM5D1718)

Course summary:

The aim of this course is to facilitate a deeper understanding of the importance of risk, crisis and continuity management as interrelated with the end-to-end integrated products used to safeguard international assets. The course will focus on the core principles, practices and terminologies of risk management. 

Delegates will examine risk from both an organisational and trans-national perspective. Global risks will be evaluated and crisis management examined, using a wide range of literature sources and principles drawn from case studies. The course will critically explore how international stakeholders assess risk and support the preparation of management procedures to respond and recover from disruptive challenges.

Details:

  • Examine academic research, conceptual theories and industry practices associated with risk, crisis, security and continuity management
  • Analyse the impacts and consequences arising from international case studies within the domains of risk, crisis, security and continuity management
  • Critically review key management factors associated with crisis generation in complex, interactive and socio-technical settings
  • Examine key stakeholder perspectives involved in the assessment, treatment and management of risk
  • Examine the value and significance of skills applied in incident response scenarios

Who should attend?:

Local and regional government organisations, the uniformed services, health and other public sector agencies and relevant private sector organisations.

Duration: 5 days

 

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