Course Summary

PSIRF Oversight Course for Executives

Course Description

The Patient Safety Incident Response Framework (PSIRF) has 4 key aims: compassionate support and engagement with those affected, a systems-based approach to learning, proportionate responses and supportive oversight focused on strengthening response systems functioning and improvement. 


Philippa Slinger: a highly experienced former Director of NHS England (East of England region) Chief Executive of Devon STP and Managing Director of Care UK (now Practice Plus Group) she is currently CQC Member of Expert Advisory Panel for System Regulation, is consulting for Tees, Esk and Wear Valley NHS FT and is a Senior Advisor to Newton Europe

Course content

The course will contain a facilitated discussion session on changes an organisation will need to make to its oversight systems and processes to be PSIRF compliant. 

PSIRF requires:

“A final report should be produced for all individual PSIIs, and this reviewed and signed off as complete. Sign-off of provider-led PSIIs is the responsibility of the board/leadership team of the organisation(s) involved. 

The PSIRF executive lead should be responsible for reviewing PSII reports in line with the patient safety incident response standards and signing it off as finalised.”Accordingly the session will cover: 

Delegates will learn

  • An overview of PSIRF and the overriding principles
  • The PSIRF oversight mindset – 6 principles 
  • Organisational responsibility of providers of NHS funded care as well as the ICB, NHS England and the CQC
  • The accountability of provider executive board members and the implications of getting it wrong
  • The new oversight approach 
  • Questions to guide provider board oversight of patient safety management and improvement


09.00am to 09.15am  Introductions and housekeeping
09.15am to 09.30am  Overview of PSIRF and main changes
09.30am to 09:45amOversight principles
09.45am to 10.00amCoffee Break
10.00am to 10.45amBoard and risk appetite; self-regulation
10.45am to 11.00amHow Boards can assure themselves they are meeting the standards, principles and competencies
11.00am Conclusion

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