Significant events

A significant event (also known as an untoward, critical or patient safety incident) is any unintended or unexpected event, which could or did lead to harm of one or more patients. FPH considers significant events to include anything which could threaten patient/population safety or the reputational of your organisation. This includes incidents which did not cause harm but could have done, or where the event should have been prevented.

You should ensure that you are familiar with your organisation's local processes and agreed thresholds for recording incidents.

It is not the appraiser's role to conduct investigations into serious events.

If there has been no direct involvement in such incidents since your last appraisal, a self-declaration to that effect should be presented at your annual appraisal.

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