Public Sector

Charity

Leading social care charity, providing essential services to the people that need it in the local community

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Housing Association

Registered charity that manages in the region of 3,000 homes

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District Borough Council

A district borough council providing a full range of services to the community.

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Central NHS Services

Large public sector organisation providing range of services to NHS

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Teed consultants have helped numerous local authorities, emergency services organisations and other government bodies develop, implement and exercise their business continuity plans. Our methods and experience allows us to typically take a public sector organisation through this whole process with just 20-30 days of our input. As a comparison, it is not uncommon for an internal member of staff to take a year or more to achieve the same, whilst also taking up more staff and management time than is absolutely necessary.

Our approach allows us to pass on knowledge and methods to our clients’ staff that will allow ongoing planning, review, maintenance and exercising activity to be carried out internally. We may be asked to come back once or twice a year to provide training or an independent exercise but we like to ensure that our clients are self sufficient.

The importance of being able to continue to provide public services is paramount and having sound recovery strategies in place will ensure an appropriate response. We understand the requirements of the Civil Contingencies Act 2004 for both Category 1 and 2 responders and work with them to ensure they can meet their reponsibilities.

We are delighted to work with local authorities to help develop an understanding of business continuity planning to their business communities through training and awareness sessions and workshops.

Projects often focus initially upon considering the loss of office and ICT capability and we bring our experience to the table to allow inexpensive solutions and workarounds to be identified, where feasible.

At an appropriate stage it is important to extend the business continuity focus to include all the other threats to the services that you provide. Fuel strikes, severe weather, pandemic, industrial action, regional incidents, loss of suppliers and any other relevant threats should be considered from a business continuity perspective. However, plans should be sufficiently flexible to focus upon the impacts of an event rather than the cause as it is impossible to always predict what could disrupt our services – not many organisations had volcanic ash in their scenario planning!