The DPSIMS (Patient Safety Incident Management System) project offers an opportunity to use modern technology to improve the health service for patients and carers, healthcare staff, NHS organisations, and decision-makers, so that time and energy can be invested in the right things: working to reduce harm.
Following the Government’s service standard for digital projects, DPSIMS is using agile delivery techniques to build the new system with a focus on user needs and experience. It will support NHS staff, patients and families to record and share information about things that have gone wrong, or where patients have been harmed in care, so that improvements can be made to reduce errors and harm in the future. It will:
- make it easier to record this data from across different healthcare settings
- collect different data that is better suited to learning for improvement
- make data easier to access to support local improvement work, and provide better feedback
- provide a place where NHS organisations and staff can learn from one another and share their work, to help spread best practice more quickly.