Why are we doing this?

Exercises are regularly used in emergency planning as a way to practice responses and improve plans. Part of this involves using a realistic scenario against which organisations and individuals’ responses can be tested.

In order to see how you, the hospital and the community and the country might be affected during an infectious disease epidemic, we are using a scenario based on the 2009 influenza pandemic. All of the events are based on what happened in 2009, however the timescale has been compressed.

This was originally conceived as a Twitter-based discussion, on the NHS Social Media blog, and we have modified it for medical student use.

We gratefully acknowledge Alex Talbott and Dr Chloe Sellwood PhD FRSPH, Pandemic and Seasonal Influenza Resilience Manager at NHS London, and the wonderful #nhssm blog.

We ran this project in 2012 with first year medical students during their Respiratory block. Presentations based on that work can be found here:

elearning Symposium, Dundee 31/05/13

Teaching and Learning symposium 13/03/13

ASME 11/07/13



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