The National Patient Safety Agency has released a ‘Data Quality Standards’ document, which they say is designed to improve the quality, accuracy and timeliness of patient safety incident data submitted to the Reporting and Learning System (RLS).
The document sets out the Data Quality Standards and provides guidance on their use. It is aimed at NHS staff (such as risk managers and governance managers) responsible for submitting their patient safety incidents to the RLS via local risk management systems (LRMS) or eform.
The National Reporting and Learning Service (NRLS), part of the National Patient Safety Agency (NPSA), recommends that all NHS healthcare organisations comply with these standards so that the NRLS receives the best quality information possible for issuing patient safety guidance.
According to the NPSA, evidence suggests that organisations that follow the Data Quality Standards, and have high reporting, also have a good safety culture and sound risk management processes (but see previous Healthcare Governance Review post here).
The NPSA asserts that the Data Quality Standards will also aid the improvement of data analysis for local organisations and ensure that they meet their obligations under the Data Protection Act (1998).
Download the new data quality standards here.