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North Cumbria University Hospitals NHS Trust - 70 years of the NHS

Risk management

Risk management is the term used in the NHS for the systematic method of identifying, analysing, evaluating, controlling, monitoring and communicating the risk associated with any activity, process or function necessary for us to achieve our organisational aims.

Our Trust is committed to:

  • Providing and safeguarding the highest standards of care for patients
  • Protecting staff, patients, the public, other stakeholders, the organisation's assets and reputation from the risks arising from its activities
  • Minimising risk associated with the new development and service improvement activities
  • Achieving this by maintaining a process by which there is a continuous and systematic identification and recording and management of risk

The Trust has an online Risk Register which is fully integrated with its Assurance Framework. The Risk Register is the record of the process of risk identification, analysis, evaluation, prioritisation and treatment process. Each risk is linked to the Trust's Strategic Aims and Objectives to ensure that risks which impact on the delivery of the Trust's principal objectives are clearly identified. If there is a risk to the delivery of these objectives it is reported to the Trust Board.

We have a duty to keep relevant stakeholders informed and where appropriate to consult them on the management of significant risks faced by the Trust. This is especially important where the risk is shared or may have an impact upon our stakeholders.