Reporting patient safety incidents

It is important that patient safety incidents that could have or did harm a patient receiving NHS funded care are reported so they can be learnt from and any necessary action can be taken to prevent similar incidents from occurring in the future. Action may need to be taken both locally and on a national level, so we encourage healthcare staff to report all incidents via their local incident reporting systems. All NHS trusts in England and some other healthcare providers routinely share the incidents reported to them by uploading them to the National Reporting and Learning System (NRLS). If you cannot use a local reporting system, you can report incidents directly to the NRLS.

Find out more about reporting an incident.