The effectiveness of the LOMP requires financial resource and capability as well as skills and expertise.
Nationally, £300million has been allocated for local authorities to support the additional public health capacity required to develop and implement the plans to mitigate against and manage local COVID-19 outbreaks.
Devon County Council’s share of the Local Authority Test and Trace Service Support Grant Determination is £2,618,508.
While the response to a local outbreak needs to be led by public health, the skills and expertise within the local system are required in order to effectively manage outbreaks, working as a ‘system within the local system’.
Public health within the County Council and Public Health England do not have the capacity, skills or expertise alone.
Resources and input will be needed from organisations and professional groups, such as (amongst others):
- environmental health officers
- infection prevention and control
- health and social care
- the NHS
- communications officers
- data and intelligence analysts
- health and safety officers
The precise additional resource required locally will be dependent upon the number and complexity of COVID-19 outbreaks.
There will be a need to increase wider public health capacity to support testing, contact tracing and to provide advice and guidance.
There will also be additional resources required to support vulnerable people who are instructed to self-isolate.
If the local system requires extra ‘surge’ capacity to effectively respond to outbreaks, this request will be routed through the Local Resilience Forum.