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The Patient Safety Incident Response Framework (PSIRF) is coming

PSIRF is inbound. What is it, who is it for and how does it link to Learn from Patient Safety Events (LFPSE)?
The Patient Safety Incident Response Framework (PSIRF) is coming learn more
| Robert Hobbs | Healthcare

The Patient Safety Incident Response Framework (PSIRF) is coming in to replace the Serious Incident Framework by Autumn 2023. The change comes alongside the significant shift in the way the NHS will respond to patient safety incidents and joins the upgrade from the National Learning and Reporting System (NRLS) to Learn from Patient Safety Events (LFPSE) in the NHS Patient Safety Strategy.

The new NHS Patient Safety Strategy focuses more on learning from incidents and activities that will be the most impactful effect on patient safety improvement. The first step in this plan is the upcoming migration to LFPSE followed by an upgrade to PSIRF for Trusts that weren’t already in the PSIRF pilot.

What is the Patient Safety Incident Response Framework (PFIRF)?

The implementation of PSIRF aims to support an effective patient safety incident response system’s development and maintenance. There are four key aims that the process desires to bring together:

  1. Compassionate involvement and engagement of those affected by patient safety incidents
  2. The application of a system-based approach to learning from patient safety incidents
  3. Considered and proportionate responses to patient safety incidents
  4. Supportive oversight focused on strengthening response system functioning and improvement

Who is PSIRF for?

Implementing PSIRF is a requirement for services under the NHS Standard Contract including, acute, ambulance, mental health and community healthcare providers. Maternity and specialised services are also included.

Primary care providers are encouraged to adopt PSIRF but it’s not necessary at this moment in time. There needs to be more exploration to make sure implementation is successful in primary care.

Preparing for PSIRF

PSIRF needs a new set of systems and processes, so can’t be done in a few days or weeks. To support organisations in their transition, NHS England have put together a preparation guide for more information on next steps.

Healthcare providers are expected to migrate to PSIRF within 12 months of its publication and it must be in place by Autumn 2023. The guide breaks the transition down into six manageable phases to make it easier and to create strong foundations for implementing the framework.

How InPhase is here to help.

Incident Oversight from InPhase has been LFPSE certified by NHS England since April 2022 and also provides the flexibility for national and custom form fields, processes and prompts that are required to support PSIRF. Throughout the period of transition to LFPSE, we’ve worked closely with NHS England to ensure Oversight provides the best system experience for users in implementing the new Patient Safety Strategy and to bring you all the information you need about upcoming changes and what your next steps should be.

Resources are available for more information including this panel talk and this interview with Marcos Manhaes and Lucie Mussett, Head of LFPSE and Senior Product Manager LFPSE respectively.

We’ll continue working alongside NHS England to bring you the most current information and as they progress with PSIRF, we’ll be right alongside them. As always, we have our InPhase experts on hand to answer any questions you might have.

To find out more about Oversight for PSIRF, the NHS Patient Safety Strategy, LFPSE and what it means for your organisation, schedule your time to talk with one of our experts today.

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Robert Hobbs

Chief Executive Officer

InPhase’s Chief Executive and Founder, Robert has been the visionary leading InPhase to be one of the UK's leading providers of management, governance and assurance solutions, and helping organisations align their actions and goals more easily and efficiently with InPhase's suite of integrated apps.

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