The Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust

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Patient Safety Incident Response Framework

Every day more than a million people are treated safely in the NHS. Occasionally, things go wrong, or an unexpected event occurs. These are known as patient safety incidents.

A patient safety incident is any unintended or unexpected incident which could have, or did, lead to harm for one or more patients receiving healthcare, and can range in scale from the most minor to the other end of the scale.

Leeds Teaching Hospitals is implementing the NHS Patient Safety Incident Response Framework (PISRF) and is an early adopter of this new framework. This document  explains the way that patient safety incidents are responded to and how patient safety investigations are undertaken in NHS funded care.

This plan helps Leeds Teaching Hospitals to identify our most significant patient safety risks and make sure they are fully investigated according to the proper standards and that we learn from them. We will always be open and honest about incidents that have occurred. In the NHS, this is known as Duty of Candour. If it is believed that something has gone wrong during your care that has caused you moderate or more severe harm, you will be told about this immediately. 

As an early adopter, the Trust is part of a group of organisations that will be actively learning through the process, monitoring impact and effectiveness and providing ongoing feedback to NHS England & Improvement.

The plan and framework form part of the Patient Safety Strategy.