Clinical safety approach
Your organisation must have a clinical safety officer. Information standards underpin national healthcare initiatives from the Department of Health, NHS England, the Care Quality Commission, and other national health organisations. They provide the mechanism for introducing requirements to which the NHS, those with whom it commissions services and its IT system suppliers, must conform.
The following two standards relating to clinical safety are accepted for publication under section 250 of the Health and Social Care Act 2012 by the Data Coordination Board (DCB). In line with current DCB practice, each standard comprises:
- a specification, which defines the requirements and conformance criteria to be met by the user of the standard - how these requirements are met is the responsibility of the user
- implementation guidance, which provides an interpretation of the requirements and, where appropriate, defines possible approaches to achieving them
Compliance with DCB0129 and DCB0160 is mandatory under the Health and Social Care Act 2012 (Clinical risk management standards).
Clinical safety guidance
The Guide for Access Record: Structured is also applicable to this API. It helps clinical safety officers assure GP Connect consumer systems into their own organisations. It includes details of the clinical safety standards that consumer suppliers and their commissioning organisations must be compliant with (DCB0129 and DCB0160).
Clinical safety principles shows you who is responsible for the clinical safety of GP Connect specifications and consumer systems.
The GP Connect Access Record: Structured generic hazard log shows you the clinical risks of using GP Connect functionality through a consumer system. Use it to identify the clinical risks of consuming clinical data and presenting it in your system, and record these in your own system-specific hazard log. If necessary, take mitigating action to ensure clinical safety.