Pilot project for the new national patient safety system


Our project to replace the systems the NHS uses to learn from when things go wrong in care is approaching a piloting phase.

We are looking for a variety of healthcare organisations to volunteer to take part in our pilot to test and develop our new system.

The pilot phase

The ongoing work to replace the systems used to collect and monitor records of patient safety incidents within NHS-funded care is now in its beta phase. An important part of this is to test a first functional version of the new reporting and learning system, building on the insights gained within the alpha phase, and develop the 'test version' into a minimum viable product (MVP). 

The MVP will provide the core functional requirements to deliver an end-to-end service — capturing records of patient safety incidents, processing and analysing them, and providing data outputs and learning materials to support improvement in healthcare delivery. 

Who should take part and why?

Providers of all sizes and sectors are invited to express their interest in participating in a closed pilot phase starting this autumn. 

We will select a diverse set of participants take part, with varying levels of safety culture, digital maturity, and different permutations of local ICT infrastructure.

By volunteering to participate you will have the chance to:

  • have a first look at the new system
  • be patient safety innovators
  • shape the test system into something that works for you
  • be one of the first users (before the full system goes live to the whole health service)

Our intention is to run the closed pilot for around four months from November 2018 (subject to agile constraints).

Submit your interest to take part in our pilot

Because of the iterative nature of the work, we cannot definitively say how much time or resource will be required to take part in the pilot, but we have laid out some expectations found in our briefing pack.

For organisations currently using a local risk management system (LRMS) to report to the National Reporting and Learning System (NRLS)

For organisations without LRMS, or who do not report to NRLS

The closing date to submit your expressions of interest (via our survey) is Thursday 20 September 2018.

Once selected for the pilot

Once participants have been selected they will be notified by the DPSIMS team and we will work with you to prepare for piloting. 

In the later stages of the project we will pilot other components of the new service, including patient and public incident recording tools.

We anticipate seeking approval to move into public beta in early 2019.

Project updates

Anyone with an interest in this work can be added to the project mailing list for regular updates and opportunities to participate in other types of user testing by emailing DPSIMS-stakeholders@nhs.net

You can also get ad-hoc project information by following @LucieNHSsafety.

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