NELFT is delighted to announce that the Trust has been awarded SIRAN accreditation by the Royal College of Psychiatrists for our serious incidents processes.
The serious incidents team undertook the submission of evidence for the Serious Incident Review Accreditation Network (SIRAN) in November 2020 and Royal College's Accreditation Committee informed us that our SI process has been successfully accredited.
The accreditation is for three years and lasts until April 2024. NELFT was one of the first Trusts to undertake the accreditation process and was able to demonstrate that we have high quality, robust processes in place for supporting our service users and their families, as well as our staff, following an incident. The Serious Incidents team was reviewed against 60 standards that included; how we learn, our internal governance structures and how we involve patients and their families in our learning processes. The team was commended for the quality of the evidence submitted.
The Serious Incident Review Accreditation Network works with organisations to improve the standards and quality of serious incident review processes. Quality standards were developed with experts in the field, including the Royal College of Psychiatrists Invited Review Service, in addition to a newly formed peer group of organisations with representation from across the UK. Carers groups were also involved in the development of the standards.
Cathrine Lund, head of the serious incidents team, said: "We were delighted to receive the accreditation from the Royal College of Psychiatrists. Learning from serious incidents is essential, and a culture of openness should be present in every organisation. The team worked extremely hard to ensure that our processes are always reviewed with our relevant stakeholders and we are very proud of the work we do, especially around the embedding of Just Culture.”
NELFT chief executive Prof Oliver Shanley said: "I am absolutely delighted that we have been achieve this high level external validation of our approach to patient safety. Learning from adverse events is essential and a key component of an organisation committed to continuous improvement. I am incredibly grateful to Cathrine and the team for their relentless focus on safety."