Risk Management and Medico-legal Issues

NHS Policy Documents and Organisations

NHS Litigation Authority. The NHSLA has developed risk management standards for each type of healthcare organisation, incorporating organisational, clinical, and health & safety risks. Healthcare organisations are assessed against these risk management standards, which have been specifically developed to reflect issues which arise in the negligence claims reported to the NHSLA. Go to this page to get details of the standards for different types of organisaion including acute trusts, mental health, maternity and primary care trusts.

NHS Litigation Authority Framework. A turgid document setting out the parameters for the NHSLA.

Management of Risk Department of Health web page describing the NHS approach to risk management.

Best practice in managing risk: principles and guidance for best practice in the assessment and management of risk to self and others in mental health services.

NHS Complaints Procedure.

Medical Defence Union.

Key Publications

Department of Health (2007) Independence, choice and risk: a guide to best practice in supported decision making. This best practice guide is for everyone involved in supporting adults using health and social care within any setting, whether community or residential, in the public, independent or voluntary sectors.

NHS Quality Improvement Scotland (2005) Clinical Governance and Risk Management National Standards.