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, DCB 0129 and DCB 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 ‘Community of Interest’ is an area where people can find knowledge and share good practice. This is aimed at individuals working within Health IT, this includes manufacturers and health organisations.

About the course

The core course, ‘Clinical Risk Management Training’, comprises seven sessions and one assessment session. The second module, ’Community of Interest’, is an area where people can find knowledge and share good practice. In addition to these two modules, we have two ‘Best Practice Guidelines’ sessions that are designed for health and social care organisations.

  • Module 01

    Clinical Risk Management Training
  • Module 02

    Community of Interest
  • Module 03

    Best Practice Guidelines

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  DCB 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 (DCB 0129) and another for health and social care organisations (DCB 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 DCB 0129 and DCB 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

  • Sean White Principal Safety Engineer, NHS Digital
  • Jeremy Wilkinson Clinical Safety Officer and Senior Clinical Informatics Manager, NHS Digital
  • Rudi Redford Brown – Safety Engineer, NHS Digital
  • Neha Baj – Content Development Lead, HEE e-Learning for Healthcare
  • Scott Mountifield – Project Manager, HEE e-Learning for Healthcare
  • Alex Drinkall – Stakeholder Manager, HEE e-Learning for Healthcare
  • Paul Butler – Senior Communications Manager, NHS Digital
  • Hannah Jackson – Communications Officer, NHS Digital


  • Ian Tomlinson – Safety Engineer, NHS Digital
  • Ian Dugdale – Safety Engineer, NHS Digital
  • Sandy Garrity – Safety Engineer, NHS Digital
  • Mark Thomas – Safety Engineer, NHS Digital
  • Hannah McCann – Safety Engineer, NHS Digital
  • Sean White – Senior Safety Engineer, NHS Digital
  • Hannah McCann- Safety Engineer, NHS Digital
  • Leah Hart – Clinical Safety Engineer, NHS Digital
  • Andy Carr –  Clinical Safety Engineer, NHS Digital

How to access

In order to access the Clinical Risk Management Training 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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To view the Clinical Risk Management Training programme, select the View button below. If you already have an account with e-LfH, you will also be able to login and enrol on the programme from the View button.

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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.

Not an NHS organisation?

If you are not an NHS health or care organisation and therefore do not qualify for free access e-LfH Hub, you may be able to access the service by creating an OpenAthens account.

To check whether or not you qualify for free access via OpenAthens, you can view the eligibility criteria and register on the ‘OpenAthens’ portal.

Registering large numbers of users

If you are a HR, IT or Practice Manager and would like to register and enrol large numbers of staff within your organisation for access onto the Clinical Risk Management Training programme, please contact e-LfH directly.

Organisations wishing to use their own LMS

For HR departments wanting to know more about gaining access to courses using an existing Learning Management System please contact e-LfH directly to express interest.

More information

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