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LFPSE mandatory by March 2023 - are you ready for the switch?

06 April 2022


  • Patient Safety

medical meetingNHS England and NHS Improvement have announced to Region Medical and Nurse Directors that all NHS organisations must be LFPSE (Learn from Patient Safety Events) compliant by March 2023, moving their services from the current NRLS (National Reporting and Learning System) database. Are you ready for the switch?

We ran a poll asking healthcare professionals how much they know about LFPSE, and a whopping 29% said they had no clue, with 18% saying they could be better. If you fall into these categories, read this blog to find out more and how you can prepare for the switch in March 2023.

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What is LFPSE?

LFPSE, or Learn from Patient Safety Events, is replacing NRLS (National Reporting and Learning System) and StEIS (Strategic Executive Information System) to record patient safety events from organisations, and access data about recorded patient safety events.

All patient safety events will be recorded on a country-wide NHS database, which will enable shared learning and improvements in patient safety. To save time, local systems like Radar Healthcare can automatically upload data to save time and effort.

What do organisations and NHS Trusts need to do?

By March 2023, organisations like NHS Trusts and primary care providers who record patient safety incidents using Local Risk Management Systems (LRMS), like Radar Healthcare, must make sure their software suppliers are using LFPSE-compatible products.

It’s important to note that web-based reporting systems are not LFPSE-compliant and your LRMS must be cloud-based in order to use LFPSE. Radar Healthcare’s cloud-based architecture allows synchronisation across all locations, allowing data to be more secure, accurate and available to all who need it.

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Why could Radar Healthcare be the best option for you?

Radar Healthcare is not only LFPSE-compliant but was the first of its kind to be so. We worked alongside NHS Improvement and Milton Keynes University Hospital NHS Trust to ensure that our software complies to NHS standards in a way that would benefit both clinicians and patients.

Working closely with Milton Keynes University Hospital and NHSI, our Head of Product Mark Fewster was able to trial and test features, making sure the changes suggested would work for the next Trusts that started using LFPSE, not just one organisation.

On the LFPSE project with Milton Keynes University Hospital, Mark Fewster, Head of Product, said: “We are grateful for this opportunity to be a part of NHS Improvement’s LFPSE project, helping drive progress in national patient safety through insight gained from the data from Milton Keynes University Hospital provide, among others.”

Flexibility is a cornerstone of Radar Healthcare, which is why we were so quick to see the merits of understanding LFPSE and supporting our partners in taking their next steps towards patient safety.

The fact that we could work with Radar Healthcare to be the first Trust in the country to report on the national LFPSE system was a real bonus. Not only are we improving the safety of our own patients, but we are also helping to improve patient safety across the country.

Kate Jarman, Director of Corporate Affairs, Milton Keynes University Hospital NHS Trust

The LFPSE service aims to standardise processes so organisations can:

  • Record and share details of patient safety events with the national NHS system, providing learnings for those in similar situations
  • Fulfil obligations in reporting remarkable incidents to the Care Quality Commission (CQC) to inform the national patient safety team
  • Continue to share patient safety events with other national organisations to improve knowledge, increase accuracy, and reduce duplications in reporting

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Regulatory bodies such as MHRA, PHE and the CQC encourage the use of digital methods in reporting and managing incidents and risk. Radar Healthcare was recently cited in our partner Orri’s CQC report as a key contributor to how they successfully manage risk in their organisation. As a cloud-based system, Radar Healthcare is intrinsically ready for the official launch of LFPSE.

“Managers had access to a secure electronic database called ‘Radar Healthcare’ which gave them oversight of incidents, complaints, staff sickness, policies, audits and safeguarding referrals. It was easy to pull data from the system and create reports. For example, on length of treatment.” – Orri inspection report, December 2021

It is a bold decision from NHS England and NHS Improvement to put such a clear deadline on their organisations to switch from NRLS to LFPSE, but it doesn’t need to be a stressful experience if you work with Radar Healthcare.

Listen to our podcast series ‘What the HealthTech?’, where we speak with leaders from the NHS and MKUH on how developments like LFPSE will impact our industry and shape our culture.

The use of LFPSE aims to not only transform how patient incidents are recorded, but to apply that valuable insight across the whole NHS healthcare estate to improve patient safety and care and the environments NHS staff work within. To be a part of that is something we’re incredibly proud of.

Paul Johnson, CEO, Radar Healthcare

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