Business Continuity Planning (BCP) can help NHS organisations to reduce the effects of disruption upon services, systems and business processes caused by service interruptions and failures. Whatever the cause, the consequences of such interruptions and failures should be analysed. Business Continuity Planning can reduce the effects of these to an acceptable level. This can be best achieved through the application of a combination of preventive and recovery controls. Contingency and recovery plans for each of the organisation's core services, key systems and business processes should be developed, w herever possible forming an integral part of existing management processes. They should be regularly maintained and tested to enable implementation when circumstances dictate. Following any implementation they should be evaluated and reviewed.
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