This policy supports the requirements of the Patient Safety Incident Response Framework (PSIRF) and sets out Ashford and St Peter’s Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust’s approach to developing and maintaining effective systems and processes for responding to patient safety incidents and issues for the purpose of learning and improving patient safety.

The PSIRF advocates a co-ordinated and data-driven response to patient safety incidents. It embeds patient safety incident response within a wider system of improvement and prompts a significant cultural shift towards systematic patient safety management.

This policy supports development and maintenance of an effective patient safety incident response system that integrates the four key aims of the PSIRF:

  1. compassionate engagement and involvement of those affected by patient safety incidents
  2. application of a range of system-based approaches to learning from patient safety incidents
  3. considered and proportionate responses to patient safety incidents and safety issues
  4. supportive oversight focused on strengthening response system functioning and improvement.


Policy Details

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Compiled by: Dr Amit Vats, Chief of Patient Safety and Patient Safety Specialist
Jacqui Rees, Associate Director of Quality and Patient Safety Specialist
Kelly Irvine-Smith, Head of Patient Safety
Jenni Davidson, PSIRF Implementation Lead
Ratified by: Quality of Care Committee
Date Ratified: April 2024
Date Issued: April 2024
Review Date: April 2026
Target Audience: All staff
Contact name: Kelly Irvine-Smith


See also:

  • PSIRF Plan 2024-2026


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