The Development of the Patient Safety Incident Management System (DPSIMS) project completes its alpha phase

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This update provides detailed information about the work done during the DPSIMS alpha phase, and how we’re using what we’ve learnt to inform our plans for the next stage, the beta phase.

The ongoing project to upgrade the systems we use to record and learn from things that go wrong in NHS care has hit a milestone, successfully completing the initial prototyping phase.

The project has over the last 5 months undertaken an alpha phase, to start getting proof of concept for the new digital service, building prototypes for key functions, and testing and developing these hand-in-hand with users.

What will the upgraded system offer?

The project will provide a new service that will replace two existing systems, the National Reporting and Learning System (NRLS) and Strategic Executive Information System (STEIS), using innovative technology to support more and better learning, so the NHS can continue to improve the safety of care it delivers for patients. 

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. 

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