Local Outbreak Engagement
Board - Provide political ownership and public-facing
engagement and communication for outbreak response.
This is a subgroup of the
Health and Wellbeing Board, with a first meeting on 18 June to
approve the Terms of Reference and initial plan.
The national Test and Trace Service, launched 28 May 2020, is
designed to control the rate of reproduction of Covid-19 by
reducing the spread of the infection.
This is a national programme, but each Upper Tier local
authority are expected to develop Local Outbreak Control plans by
the end of June. Local Outbreak Control Plans are designed to
clarify how local government works with the national Test and Trace
service, so that the whole local system is geared up to contain the
part of their local plans councils are expected to have a member
led, typically by the Leader of the authority, Local Outbreak
Control Board, or use some existing forum such as the Health and
Wellbeing Board for this purpose. These arrangements will be
expected to provide political oversight of local delivery of the
Test and Trace Service, will lead the engagement with local
communities and be the public face of the local response in the
event of an outbreak.