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LFPSE: Answering your frequently asked questions

In April 2022, we discussed how Learn From Patient Safety Events (LFPSE) would become mandatory by March 2023, as well as what that means for all NHS Trusts and services.

Since then, LFPSE has become a hot topic within the industry, emphasising the importance of sharing best practices.

To help healthcare professionals better understand LFPSE and answer all the frequently answered questions, we created a series of LFPSE-focused episodes on our podcast, ‘What The HealthTech?’. On our podcast, you will find industry insight, top tips, and how we assisted Milton Keynes University NHS Foundation Trust (MKUH) on their transition from NRLS to LFPSE.

Listen to our most recent podcasts here

We’ve also compiled a list of frequently asked questions below to help you stay ahead of the game…

When is the deadline to report on LFPSE?

All NHS organisations must report on LFPSE by March 2023, according to NHS Improvement and NHS England. For independent organisations, reporting is mostly voluntary, though the NHS does strongly encourage it. Some independent organisations that provide NHS-funded services may have different requirements agreed upon with their commissioners so be sure to keep an eye out for these. But for all NHS organisations, it’s March 2023.

Milton Keynes University Hospital NHS Trust was the first to report on the new system, thanks to the help of our flexible team. Find out more here.

Although the implementation deadline has been extended to September 2023, NHS England has stated that you must have an approved supplier in place by March 2023 to allow for testing and configuration. We cover more on the LFPSE extension and what’s required here.

Is it nationally mandated to use LFPSE?

For NHS trusts, the simple answer is yes, it’s mandatory. And for any organisations reporting to NHS England to fulfil duties for other statutory or mandatory requirements, such as informing the CQC about notifiable incidents, LFPSE is mandatory. Participation for all healthcare organisations is strongly encouraged to support both national and local safety interventions which serve as a foundation for a strong safety culture.

How do I know if my current supplier is LFPSE compliant?

A list of approved suppliers who passed LFPSE testing can be found on the NHS website here. Radar Healthcare was the first supplier to pass LFPSE testing, and we worked with the first trust, Milton Keynes University Hospital NHS Foundation Trust, to integrate the system. More information can be found here.

Remember that you can only begin reporting to LFPSE using the most recent live version of the software, so keep that in mind and ask your provider if you do have any concerns. If you want to transfer systems, you still have time, and it doesn’t have to be difficult. Radar Healthcare partners with organisations like yours to ensure that you have everything you need ahead of the 2023 deadline.

What if my current local risk management supplier is not compliant?

With the deadline to be LFPSE compliant fast approaching, and with some risk management systems not there yet, particularly those which are web-based, you may want to reduce the risk and switch to a new supplier now. If you are happy with your current supplier, make sure you check what their plan is for becoming compliant. A list of fully compliant suppliers can be found here.

How does LFPSE differ in Radar Healthcare’s system from the NHS’s?

Radar Healthcare supports a variety of event recordings, not just LFPSE. The benefit of using a system like ours is that not only can you keep track of everything in one place, but as an LFPSE-compliant local risk management system, you know that your data is automatically sent to the NHS for LFPSE.  On top of that, our analytics module gives valuable insight into the data you’re recording, allowing you to observe what’s going on across your entire organisation, assisting you not only to submit the data to the NHS but also to see how you can become more outcome focused and prevent it from happening again.

How easy is it to implement LFPSE with Radar Healthcare?

It will vary depending on the organisation, but the good news is that our software is extremely customisable, and our LFPSE events module was created in collaboration with the NHSI and MKUH to help organisations like yours.  Allowing you to keep track of important data and maintain a traceable workflow that sends alerts to ensure you don’t miss anything. If you’re interested in more events, find them here.

When we say Radar Healthcare is compliant, what does that mean, and how does it enable people to make that transition?

Being compliant essentially means that you can demonstrate the required information can be recorded and uploaded automatically to the NHS via the LFPSE API. To be a compliant supplier, organisations must meet a series of requirements that prove their risk management system complies with LFPSE requirements.

Catch up on our latest LFPSE webinars

  • Icon for The Road to Patient Safety

    The Road to Patient Safety

  • Icon for The Road to Improved Patient Safety - Part 2

    The Road to Improved Patient Safety - Part 2

  • Icon for Learning in a new direction: NRLS to LFPSE

    Learning in a new direction: NRLS to LFPSE


Find more FAQs on the NHS website

More commonly asked questions about the rollout of the Learn from Patient Safety Events (LFPSE) service can be found on the NHS website here.

This article has been created to inform as part of our duty to our partners and industry peers. For legal issues, we always recommend seeking specific guidance. Our links to third-party websites are done to further educate on the subject we directly cover. We have no control over and are not responsible for their content.

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