NHS Patient Safety Alert: Patient safety incident reporting and responding to Patient Safety Alerts
NHS Improvement has issued a Stage 2: Resources Patient Safety Alert: Patient safety incident reporting and responding to Patient Safety Alerts. This advises that on 1 April 2016 the statutory patient safety functions previously delivered within NHS England transferred to NHS Improvement. These functions are the responsibility for operating the National Reporting and Learning System (NRLS), and responsibility for using information from the NRLS, and elsewhere, to develop advice and guidance for the NHS on reducing risk to patients.
From the perspectives of providers of NHS-funded care, existing processes and policies for incident reporting and receiving and acting on national patient safety alerts will not change. Further details of the alert and the actions to be taken by pharmacists with involvement in processes or policies for reporting incidents and responding to Patient Safety Alerts can be viewed on the NHS Improvement website.