Rise of 'serious incidents' in Cumbrian hospitals

North Cumbria Trust reveals big increase in 'serious incidents' at Cumberland Infirmary and West Cumberland Hospitals.

Serious incidents in Cumbrian hospitals rise

The number of serious incidents reported at North Cumbria University Hospitals Trust has jumped 20 fold in the last two years.

Today managers claimed the rise is down to an open and transparent environment which encourages people to report incidents, but one nursing union says its members still have some anxieties about coming forward.

Katie Hunter has this report:

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Rise in reported incidents leads to 'significant learning'

The North Cumbria Trust has said that the increase of reported ‘serious incidents’ shows progress in creating a 'safe learning culture' amongst NHS staff.

5 ‘serious incidents’ were reported in 2011-2012 whereas 100 were reported in 2013-2014.

In a NHS staff survey from 2013, 92% staff were openly reporting errors, near misses or incidents. It’s said this was one of the best scores nationally and the Trust believes that this will lead to ‘significant learning’ to prevent accidents happening again.

“Patient safety is at the heart of everything we do in our hospitals and we actively encourage all of our teams to openly report all incidents, no matter how big or small, so that we can continue to learn and, as far as possible, prevent any similar incidents from occurring again.

By reporting all incidents and sharing the learning from these across our organisation, patients can be confident of the safe learning culture now being embedded in North Cumbria. This is further demonstrated in our mortality rate which is now within expected range and continually improving."

– Dr Jeremy Rushmer, medical director at North Cumbria University Hospitals