Reporting patient safety incidents in general practice

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Review the quick guide and use the GP e-form to submit your patient safety incident to provide us with information we can use to raise awareness and prevent similar events happening elsewhere.

Every day over a million NHS patients are cared for by dedicated teams of general practitioners and practice staff. The majority of patients are treated safely and effectively, but unfortunately sometimes things can and do go wrong, no matter how caring and competent staff are. incidents

Practice staff should use the new GP e-form to report all patient safety incidents and near misses whether they result in harm or not. These reports are used by to spot any emerging patterns of similar incidents or anything of particular concern. This will help protect patients by raising awareness of the risks through shared learning with general practices and other health providers across the country.

Quick guide - General Practice GP-eform PDF, 898.1 KB

Your short guide on using the new GP e-form, why to report, what to report and what happens after an incident report has been submitted.

Gain Continuing Professional Development (CPD) credits

By reporting a patient safety incident to the NRLS you can gain CPD credits. When you report a patient safety incident to the NRLS using the GP e-form you will automatically be sent a CPD / Serious Event Analysis (SEA) template for appraisal and revalidation. This can also be used as evidence for CQC inspections.

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