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What you need to know about the new Patient Safety Incident Framework

17 May 2022

Patient Safety Incident Response FrameworkNHS England will introduce a new patient safety framework across the NHS and the independent sector beginning Summer 2022, with the goal of improving patient safety and reducing healthcare errors through a more proactive approach to learning.

What does this new framework mean for healthcare providers?

The Patient Safety Incident Response Framework (PSIRF) was created to assist NHS organisations in improving insight and analysis into investigations regarding avoidable harm. The NHS states organisations should be using this new framework to ensure that future investigations are “strategic, preventative, collaborative, fair and just, credible and people focused”. Essentially, this means that each incident will require a different approach, with healthcare providers having to decide which incidents require more rigorous investigations and which do not.

The PSIRF, which will replace the existing Patient Safety Incident Framework (PSIF), which will include a mandatory Patient Safety Incident Report Plan (PSIRP) that will detail how incidents will be identified and investigated. These plans, which must be revaluated every two years, and outline how Trusts can learn and improve through Patient Safety Incident Investigations (PSIIs) and Patient Safety Reviews ‘(PSRs).

Some key aims include:

  • Having a broader range of responses to incidents rather than relying solely on formal investigations.
  • To provide support to patients, families, caregivers and staff members involved in patient safety incidents and investigations.
  • Develop a proactive strategy for learning from patient safety incidents (LFPSE).
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Early adopters within the NHS are currently trialling the framework, while all other organisations should continue to use PSIF until the time comes to switch over.

These frameworks will help to improve data collection and analysis of healthcare errors both locally and nationally. However, because this is a new approach, clinical governance teams will need to ensure that their systems and processes are PSIRF ready and can accommodate this new patient-focused approach. This also means making better use of resources, such as making sure that staff have enough time to conduct meaningful investigations.

Having all NHS organisations using one standardised framework will help to identify trends in the industry that Trusts and Boards can use to action change.

Get ready for the move with Radar Healthcare

Hosting your PSIRPs in Radar Healthcare’s documents module and setting scheduled tasks within the system to ensure your organisation is notified in good time when those two-year evaluations come around. Additionally, our software is cloud-based and fully LFPSE compliant so you can rest assured that you have a complete picture of all your locations, making it more secure, accurate, and accessible to all who need it.

Check out the full draft framework and NHS guidance here. If you have any questions about how Radar Healthcare can help you in implementing PSIRF, please fill in the form below and we’ll be in touch.

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