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NPSA consults on new NHS incident reporting system

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Nurses are being asked for their views on improving the health service’s serious incident reporting system.

The National Patient Safety Agency has published a consultation document on strengthening the reporting of and learning from serious incidents across the NHS in England and Wales.

The agency’s ‘National Framework for Reporting and Learning from Serious Incidents Requiring Investigation’ proposes a consistent definition of a serious incident, definitions of roles and responsibilities, and relevant legal and regulatory requirements.

It is intended to increase levels of openness and trust, so that nurses and other clinicians feel more able to report incidents without fear of blame. 

NPSA chief executive Martin Fletcher said: ‘Commissioners, providers and managers of NHS care want to ensure that when a serious event or incident occurs, there are systemic measures in place for safeguarding people, property and NHS resources.

‘One of the building blocks for doing this is a clear, nationally agreed approach to notifying, managing and learning from serious incidents,’ he said. ‘That is why this consultation is so important and I would encourage as many people as possible to give their feedback to us.’

The deadline for responses is 13 November. The final publication is due at the end of the year.

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