NHS England and the MHRA are working to integrate the two national reporting systems for patient safety in the NHS. The National Reporting and Learning System (NRLS), previously run by NPSA, and one run by MHRA are being merged into a single integrated system.
“There are two national reporting systems for patient safety in the NHS; the NRLS and one run by the Medicines and Healthcare Products Regulatory Agency. This causes inconsistency as some incidents will be reported to both systems, while others will only be reported to one of them… NHS England and the MHRA are working together on the new development, which will join these two systems via an integrated reporting route, meaning all reporting, information and feedback on incidents will go through the same system locally and nationally”.
NHS England and the MHRA are understood to be developing enhanced governance systems, improved feedback systems and a National Medical Devices Safety Network.
Development of national reporting systems for patient safety in NHS. [Online]: E-Health Insider, November 27th 2013.