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Patient Safety Incident Response Framework (PSIRF)

The Patient Safety Incident Review Framework (PSIRF) Plan is a key element of the National Patient Safety Strategy.

The PSIRF sets out the NHS approach to developing and maintaining effective systems and processes for responding to patient safety incidents for the purpose of learning and improving patient safety.


The purpose of this PSIRF Plan is to provide guidance and clarity as to how we intend to respond to patient safety incidents over a period of 15 months, from January 2024 to March 2025.

The PSIRF Plan is not a permanent rule that cannot be changed. We will remain flexible and consider the specific circumstances in which patient safety incidents occur, the needs of those affected, and emerging risks.

The aim of our PSIRF Plan is to continually improve and respond and as such this document will be renewed annually (each April).

Our PSIRF Plan should be read in conjunction with our Patient safety incident response framework policy (2023).

Learn more about PSIRF

For more information about PSRIF please visit the NHS England PSIRF website (opens in a new tab).

Below is a short video by NHS England to explain more:

NHS England - Introducing the Patient Safety Incident Response Framework (PSIRF): A framework for learning