Clinical Risk Management Training - e-Learning for Healthcare
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About the Clinical Risk Management Training programme

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. 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 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.

About the course

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

Session Name
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

Additional sessions

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

Session Session name
Session 1 Telehealth
Session 2 Safety Critical Systems

Course supplement

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.

Further details regarding our 1-day class based course can be found here.

Who can benefit from the course

The course is designed for clinical and non-clinical staff who need to gain an understanding of the clinical risk management activities undertaken during the design and/or implementation of a Health IT system to support the implementation of  SCCI 0129 and 0160. This includes clinicians, managers, developers and testers.

Healthcare provision and delivery within the NHS today is highly dependent on information technology, which provides sophisticated systems and services.  Healthcare is an integrated and complex ‘system of systems’, with a patient’s care pathway being influenced by technology, different services, and the patient’s condition. Whilst the use of Health IT (HIT) delivers significant healthcare benefits, failure or unintended use of HIT systems undoubtedly has the potential to introduce hazards and associated patient harm. NHS Digital established a national safety management framework, which advocates a robust but light-touch approach, expending effort that is commensurate to the scale of risk.

Safety standards

NHS Digital has written and published two safety standards, one for manufacturers (SCCI 0129) and another for health and social care organisations (SCCI 0160). Each standard establishes a methodical approach to clinical risk management. The standards follow the approach established in the medical devices domain and are broadly consistent with ISO 14971.  This ensures a consistent approach to clinical risk management is embedded within NHS England. A key concept in SCCI 0129 and SCCI 0160 is the promotion of establishing and maintaining a safety culture and management framework.

The risks associated with delivering complex care to larger client populations is increasing, as is the associated cost of indemnity and insurance. The NHS Digital clinical risk management system is proven to address these risks by developing a safety culture.

Project team

  • Giash Ahmed

    Giash Ahmed

    Clinical Safety Project Manager, NHS Digital
  • Stuart Harrison

    Stuart Harrison

    Head of Safety Engineering, NHS Digital
  • Sean White

    Sean White

    Senior Safety Engineer, NHS Digital
  • Sarah Pitchforth

    Sarah Pitchforth

    Junior Project Manager, NHS Digital
  • Jane Doris

    Jane Doris

    Clinical Safety Officer, NHS Digital
  • Sebastian Alexander

    Sebastian Alexander

    Interim Clinical Director for Patient Safety, NHS Digital
  • e-LfH staff - Neha Baj

    Neha Baj

    Content Development Lead, HEE e-Learning for Healthcare
  • Andi Blackmore

    Project Manager, HEE e-Learning for Healthcare

Contributors

  • Ankur Agrawal

    Ankur Agrawal

    Clinical Safety Officer, NHS Digital
  • Jeremy Wilkinson

    Jeremy Wilkinson

    Senior Specialist, Clinical and Business Informatics, NHS Digital
  • Chris Dickson

    Chris Dickson

    Principal Clinical and Business Informatics Specialist, NHS Digital
  • Tracy Simmonite

    Tracy Simmonite

    Safety Engineer, NHS Digital
  • Sandy Garrity

    Sandy Garrity

    Safety Engineer, NHS Digital 

How to access

In order to access any e-LfH programme, you will need an e-LfH account. If you do not have one, then you can register by selecting the Register button below.

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If you already have an account with e-LfH, then you can enrol on to the Clinical Risk Management Training programme by logging in to the e-LfH Hub, selecting My Account > Enrolment and selecting the programme. You can then access the programme immediately in the My e-Learning section.

Access for NHS healthcare staff in England

The Clinical Risk Management Training programme is also available to NHS healthcare staff via the Electronic Staff Record (ESR). Accessing this e-Learning via ESR means that your completions will transfer with you throughout your NHS career.

Further details are available here.

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