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‘Vital’ safety deadline thought to have been missed by most trusts

Most trusts are thought to have missed the deadline to launch a new national incident reporting system that has already been beset with difficulties and delays.

Seventy per cent of more than 150 patient safety managers polled during a patient safety management network meeting last month said their organisation would not meet the 30 September go-live deadline for the new learning from patient safety events (LFPSE) incident reporting system.

LFPSE is a key part of NHS England’s safety strategy and replaces the historic national reporting and learning system.

The new reporting system was originally due to be implemented by March 2023. However, this deadline was pushed back six months, after widespread concerns were raised by patient safety managers, which included software quality, incident reporting form complexity and lack of time for testing.

Managers have pinned the latest launch delay on RLDatix – the vendor which provides incident software for more than 60% of trusts  – claiming it could not provide the functionality needed and its releases were “not fit for purpose”.

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Source: HSJ, 16 October 2023


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