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What is the LFPSE V6 Taxonomy and when is it coming?

When will you be able to go live with the LFPSE V6 taxonomy for your incident reporting and learning?
| Heather Lowery | Healthcare

The landscape of healthcare safety reporting is in a constant state of evolution, with frameworks like Learn from Patient Safety Events (LFPSE) adapting to meet the changing needs of the industry. This framework not only facilitates learning from reported incidents but also evolves its taxonomy based on collected data to optimise learning.

Currently, NHS England is preparing Version 6 (V6) of the LFPSE taxonomy, which promises significant updates. However, submissions to V6 are not yet open, leaving healthcare organisations awaiting its release.

What is LFPSE Taxonomy V6?

The current live version, V5, is the basis for submissions to LFPSE. V6 introduces several changes, including the ability to delete records without NHS England intervention, modifications to medication coding, and the inclusion of supporting questions for Patient Safety Incident Response Framework (PSIRF).

Additionally, V6 streamlines data submission to the Care Quality Commission (CQC) through replacement questions for the STEIS system. Despite these changes, reporting Risk and Outcomes events remains optional and unchanged.

When will LFPSE V6 be released for use?

While there is no set timeline for the release of LFPSE V6, collaboration with NHS England has been ongoing, with the latest changes communicated to suppliers in August 2023.

Technical teams from NHS England and InPhase are working to support the implementation of V6, ensuring readiness for submissions once it's available. InPhase, a market-leading provider of incident reporting tools, has been proactive in adapting its systems to accommodate the evolving LFPSE framework.

The expected deadline for the official release of LFPSE taxonomy V6 is intended to be November 2024. Other major providers have reported that they will miss the deadline, with a projected release of January 2025. InPhase customers are estimated to be ready for LFPSE V6 implementation by the end of Summer 2024, with plenty of time before the deadline.

LFPSE with InPhase

Incident Oversight from InPhase was among the first incident reporting tools to achieve LFPSE certification, positioning itself as a trusted partner in patient safety reporting. With over 25% of Trusts currently using InPhase for LFPSE reporting, its track record speaks for itself.

Notably, InPhase facilitated the swift migration of Bedfordshire Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust from Datix to InPhase in just over five weeks, demonstrating its commitment to seamless transitions. Other prominent trusts, including King's College Hospital NHS Foundation Trust from Datix and James Paget University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust from Ulysses, have also chosen InPhase for their risk management needs.

Additionally, InPhase offers specialised migration tools from other systems like Datix to expedite the transition process, ensuring minimal disruption for users. As NHS England prepares to accept submissions for LFPSE V6, InPhase stands ready to implement the updated taxonomy for its users as soon as NHS England gives the go-ahead that the API is ready to receive the data for this taxonomy.

InPhase also offers a specialised app for managing PSIRF investigations that takes data directly from LFPSE incident reporting forms that link directly to specific incidents. For more information on LFPSE V6 and how you can best prepare your teams for the transition, download our guide, here.

The Latest LFPSE Taxonomy V6 Updates with NHS England.

On 6th July 2024 at 11 am, we will be joined by Marcos Manhaes, Head of LFPSE at NHS England, to discuss the latest updates surrounding the progress of the LFPSE V6 taxonomy, an estimation of when you can expect it and what InPhase is doing to facilitate the process and ensure our users are live as soon as possible.

Register your digital seat here.

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