January 2024

As we move into a new year, we are already experiencing the impacts from several of the risks that are referenced in the Community Risk Register.

For example, we continue to witness significant demand across the NHS and Social Care, due to large numbers of patients presenting across primary care services, including respiratory viruses, particularly flu and Covid-19. The significant increase in respiratory viruses across our communities is also causing high levels of staff sickness, which is placing further pressures on key service delivery across all local resilience partners.

We have also witnessed the impacts across our communities and business resulting from recent severe weather events, industrial
action, and the rise in the cost of living.

On their own these risks are distinctly different but when occurring at the same time can cause significant cumulative impacts and bring their own specific pressures with increased demands for services which has impacts on both our communities and service providers.