Local Outbreak Engagement Board

Every Local Authority is required to produce a Local Outbreak Control Plan specific to COVID-19. The Wolverhampton plan outlines the local commitment to preparedness and the response to the challenges associated with living with COVID-19.

The aim of the Wolverhampton Outbreak Control Plan is to:

  • reduce the spread of COVID-19 infection and save lives
  • help as many people as possible return to a normal life, in a way that is safe, protects our health and care systems and supports our economy to recover.

Theme 7 of the Local Outbreak Plan highlights the importance of sound and effective governance arrangements at executive, strategic and operational levels in helping control the spread of the virus.

The Wolverhampton Local Outbreak Engagement Board is a multi-agency strategic board that meets every two months. It is chaired by the Leader of the Council and membership includes representation from the following organisations: City of Wolverhampton Council, Wolverhampton Healthwatch, Wolverhampton Clinical Commissioning Group, Royal Wolverhampton NHS Trust, Black Country Partnership NHS Foundation Trust, Public Health England and NHS England. It is a sub-group of Health & Wellbeing Together.

The purpose of the board is to provide oversight, assurance and scrutiny of:

  • plans and actions to prevent and manage outbreaks of COVID-19 in Wolverhampton
  • the Test and Trace response in Wolverhampton
  • the Local Outbreak Plan communication strategy, with the aim of building trust and participation across all communities in the city.

You can download the terms of reference of the Local Outbreak Engagement Board.

Members of the public are able to submit a written question to the board 10 days in advance of a meeting. Details of how to do this are outlined in the board’s terms of reference (appendix 2). City of Wolverhampton Council's Modern Gov site has a list of meeting dates for the Local Outbreak Engagement Board.

Latest information and guidance

The latest information and guidance around coronavirus is available at www.gov.uk/coronavirus and on the council’s own coronavirus pages at www.wolverhampton.gov.uk/coronavirus. There’s lots of advice on how people can protect themselves and their families from coronavirus from the NHS at www.nhs.uk/coronavirus.

People can also use the Royal Wolverhampton NHS Trust's Ask A&E tool at http://rwt.nhs.uk/askaande/ to input and monitor their symptoms and speak to a healthcare professional via video chat if required.

The council’s Stay Safe, Be Kind campaign offers clear and simple advice about

  • how people can help themselves
  • how people can support others who may be particularly vulnerable at this time
  • getting a local test for coronavirus.

For more information, please visit www.wolverhampton.gov.uk/stay-safe-be-kind.