How reports are used
Reports to the NRLS are analysed with expert clinical input to identify common hazards.
Recommendations can be made to local NHS organisations to mitigate these risks and improve the safety of patient care.
Information from reported incidents helps the NHS understand why things go wrong and how to stop them happening again.
Within a local NHS organisation, a serious event may be perceived as a one-off. Reporting to the RLS can reveal similar incidents in other parts of the NHS and can also help identify learning from incidents in different organisations.
The NRLS helps NHS organisations understand why, what and how patient safety incidents happen, learn from these experiences and take action to prevent future harm to patients.
The NRLS individually reviews all reports of patient death or serious harm. NRLS staff work with the NHS, clinical experts and safety experts to develop and disseminate safety alerts and recommendations across the NHS.