The Patient Safety Incident Response Framework (PSIRF) is the new method the NHS uses to handle patient safety incidents. It has replaced the Serious Incident Framework from 2015 and marks a big change in how the NHS addresses these incidents.

PSIRF aims to create an effective system for responding to patient safety incidents. It encourages more compassionate interaction and involvement with those affected and gives staff time to reflect. Understanding why incidents happen is key, as it helps us learn and improve, making care safer for patients. The four main goals are:

  1. Compassionate engagement and involvement with those affected by patient safety incidents.
  2. Using various system-based methods to learn from patient safety incidents.
  3. Providing thoughtful and appropriate responses to patient safety incidents.
  4. Offering supportive oversight to strengthen and improve the response system

You can read more about the framework by clicking this link here.