National Reporting and Learning System 31 May 2016

Following a request for information under the Freedom of Information Act 2000 for the 6 months from 1 October 2015 to 31 March 2016, Western Sussex Hospitals NHS Trust have reported 4,271 incidents, with patient accidents recorded as 1,239 and 9 deaths in total during this period.

The records are compiled for the primary purpose to enable learning from patient safety incidents occurring in the NHS. The NRLS (National Reporting and Learning System) was established in late 2003 as a largely voluntary scheme for reporting patient safety incidents. From April 2010, it has become mandatory for NHS organisations to report all patient safety incidents which result in severe harm or death.

All patient safety incident reports submitted to the NRLS categorised as resulting in severe harm or death are individually reviewed by clinicians to make sure that lessons are learnt from these incidents and if appropriate, action be taken at a national level.

It remains to be seen whether lessons are in fact being learnt and whether there is a reduction in the number of incidents reported from hereon in.

If you have been affected by any issues referred to in this article, then please do not hesitate to contact our complex/catastrophic injury partner, Parisa Costigan at Coole Bevis LLP for a free no obligation chat on 01403 224608 or 01903 213511 or email parisa.costigan@coolebevisllp.com.