Different services and government agencies are responsible for leading different parts of the response and this may help you when sign posting local residents to the relevant organisation:
Department for Health & Social Care (DHSC): the Chief Medical Officer for England confirms each incident
Public Health England (PHE): co-ordinate the response, information and advice on the Coronavirus (Covid-19)
NHS: local and national NHS services are working on the front line to test individuals, and provide advice through calls to NHS 111
West Sussex County Council: provides local public health leadership by working in partnership to safeguard the county. They are working with system partners via the LHRP (Local Health Resilience Partnership) and LRF (Local Resilience Forum) to ensure appropriate application of the Sussex pandemic Plan. They are also responsible for the Vulnerable People’s Plan.
Our response – Chichester District Council
Advice and guidance
We have created a page on our website www.chichester.gov.uk/coronavirus with links to key Public Health England and Government advice. Government advice is constantly being updated and so we would advise you to keep referring to these sources. Our website will update residents and businesses on any disruption to our services and signpost people to key information and advice. We will also provide regular updates and information through our social media channels:
We are currently looking at how decisions will be made over the coming weeks and months and will be keeping you closely updated on this. Many of our meetings have already been cancelled and we will issue you further guidance later in the week.
The council has business continuity plans in place and these are under constant review in order to respond to the unprecedented situation that we are all facing. Our priority will obviously be continuing to deliver vital community services.