We believe that every patient safety event should be an opportunity to learn together and ensure it doesn't happen again.

That's why along with every other NHS Trust, Cheshire and Wirral Partnership is adopting the new Patient Safety Incident Response Framework (PSIRF).

This will set out our approach to developing and maintaining effective systems and processes for responding to patient safety incidents and issues for the purpose of learning and improving patient safety.

This is a major step towards establishing a safety management system across the whole of the NHS.

The Patient Safety Incident Response Framework (PSIRF) will ensure a co-ordinated and data-driven response to patient safety incidents.

It embeds patient safety incident responses within a wider system of improvement, which will enable a significant cultural shift towards systematic patient safety management.

The four key aims of the PSIRF:

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

You can read more about how PSIRF will be implemented. 

Our patient safety incident response plan sets out how Cheshire and Wirral Partnership NHS Foundation Trust intends to respond to patient safety incidents over a period of 12 to 18 months.

Our plan is available to read