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Clinical Safety

This e-learning course has been developed by the Clinical Safety Team at NHS Digital in partnership with Health Education England e-Learning for Healthcare (HEE e-LfH). It is designed to support health and social care organisations and  manufacturers of Health IT products with training in the principles of safety, risk management and risk mitigation, all within the context of Health IT by implementing the safety standards,  SCCI 0129 and  SCCI 0160.

The safety standards provide a requirements framework that supports a systematic approach to clinical risk management during the development and use of Health IT systems. The standards establish the need for organisations to establish a clinical safety case to support the development and use of such systems.

The safety case is based on an appropriate hazard assessment, which is approved by a suitably trained and qualified clinician from both organisations.

The core course comprises of seven sessions and one assessment session as follows:

  • Session 1 - Introduction to Clinical Safety and Safety Standards

  • Session 2 - Clinical Risk Management System

  • Session 3 - Clinical Risk Management Process: Activities

  • Session 4 - Clinical Risk Management Process: Deliverables

  • Session 5 - Hazard Assessment

  • Session 6 - Deployment, Use and Decommissioning

  • Session 7 - Clinical Safety Incidents

  • Session 8 - Assessment Module

In addition, we have two ‘Best Practice Guidelines’ sessions that are designed for health and social care organisations as follows:

  • Session 1 - Telehealth

  • Session 2 - Safety Critical Systems

The e-learning is supplemented by a 1-day class based course which will provide the knowledge and tools to support compliance with the safety standards and empower clinical safety officers to sign off and approve safety documentation. See More information for further details.


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