A new national NHS Learn from patient safety events service (previously called the patient safety incident management system – PSIMS – during development) is in the final stages of development as a central service for the recording and analysis of patient safety events that occur in healthcare. NHS England has now commenced the public beta stage, where some organisations can begin using the system, instead of the NRLS.
LFPSE is replacing the current National Reporting and Learning System (NRLS) and Strategic Executive Information System (StEIS), to offer better support for staff from all health and care sectors.
LFPSE will initially provide two main services:
- Record a patient safety event – organisations, staff and patients will be able to record the details of patient safety events, contributing to a national NHS wide data source to support learning and improvement. Once local systems are made compatible, larger organisations such as NHS trusts will record patient safety events to the national system via a direct upload from their Local Risk Management System (LRMS). Other organisations, such as primary care providers (see our dedicated primary care LFPSE webpage) can record patient safety events directly via the online recording service. A dedicated service for patients and families to use will be developed. In the meantime patients can continue to record incidents to the NRLS via the existing patient eform.
- Access data about recorded patient safety events – Providers will be able to access data that has been submitted by their teams, in order to better understand their local recording practices and culture, and to support local safety improvement work.