Dealing with a serious incident requiring investigation in obstetrics and gynaecology: a training perspective
- A serious incident requiring investigation (SIRI), previously known as a serious untoward incident (SUI), is often an unexpected and a traumatic event for all those involved: the patient, their family and friends and healthcare professionals.
- Most NHS hospitals have well-developed pathways and processes for dealing with these incidents.
- Revalidation takes SIRIs into account.
- This article reviews literature, guidance, best practice recommendations and dealing with the aftermath of a SIRI and discusses how these could be applied to obstetrics and gynaecology training at a trust, deanery and national level.
- To understand the meaning of a SIRI.
- For trainees and trainers to be aware of what to do in the event of a SIRI and the structure of the support available within the workplace.
- The challenge of giving constructive criticism to a colleague, trainee or consultant without discouraging or undermining them.
- Understanding when performance at work may be affected by an incident at work and how this may impact on patient safety.