When a serious incident occurs it can have a devastating and far-reaching effect. It may have an impact on those directly involved, patients, relatives, staff or visitors, and also on the reputation of the healthcare organisation, the service or the profession within which the incident occurred, and the wider NHS.
As a trainee it is a distinct possibility that you may be involved directly or indirectly in a Serious Incident. Being involved in a SI can be a very stressful process. It is natural to feel upset or feel responsible when involved in a SI. The key is to seek help either locally or via the London School of Paediatrics for support and to talk through the process. You should never be alone when involved in a SI.
The purpose of this document is to clearly layout what support is available to you, the trainee, and how you can expect to be helped through a potentially difficult experience. It is relevant for any incident that could have or did lead to patient harm, including near misses.
In addition, this document has been created to assist trainers in supporting trainees through a SI, including sources of support a trainee can access through this emotionally difficult process.