What is the Patient Safety Incident Response Framework (PSIRF)?

The Patient Safety Incident Response Framework (PSIRF) is a key part of the NHS Patient Safety Strategy, which aims to help continuously improve patient safety and build on the foundations of a safer culture and safer systems.

The PSIRF will replace the current Serious Incident Framework (SIF) and will focus on and support the development of an effective patient safety incident response system that integrates four key aims:

  • Compassionate engagement and involvement of those affected by patient safety incidents
  • Application of a range of system-based approached to learning from patient safety incidents
  • Considered and proportionate responses to patient safety incidents
  • Supportive oversight focused on strengthening response system functioning and improvement

Which organisations need to be PSIRF compliant and when?

The PSIRF is mandatory for any services under the NHS Standard Contract and organisations are expected to transition by Autumn 2023. This includes, acute, ambulance, mental health, community healthcare, maternity and all specialised services. Primary care providers have the option of implementing the PSIRF, however, this is not currently a requirement.

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