Patient Safety Incident Response Framework (PSIRF)

Sherwood Forest Hospitals are currently working in partnership with NHS England and Nottingham and Nottinghamshire Integrated Care Board to introduce a new Patient Safety Incident Response Framework (PSIRF), which will go live across the Trust later this year.

What is PSIRF?

To support the NHS to further improve patient safety, all Trusts are preparing for the introduction of a new Patient Safety Incident Response Framework (PSIRF). PSIRF is a key part of the NHS Patient Safety Strategy published in July 2019 and aims to help the NHS to improve its understanding of safety by drawing insight from patient safety incidents, outline how providers should respond, and when a patient safety incident investigation should be conducted.

This framework will see the Trust move away from the current Serious Incident Framework to a new approach to incident management, one which enables examination of a wider range of patient safety incidents in the spirit of reflection and learning.

What are the benefits of PSIRF?

· Patient Safety Incident Investigations will focus on areas where the resulting improvement can have the greatest impact on the safety of our patients, whilst other methods of responding to patient safety incidents can be used.

· Develop a learning culture, building openness and transparency, ensuring everyone is treated fairly and that we learn from any errors.

Our clinical teams are currently working hard to make sure we are ready to implement the new framework later this year.

A copy of our implementation plan can be found here.

A copy of our response policy can be found here

For more information please visit the NHS England PSIRF website.