Table 1

 Examples of people who may be sent a copy of the notification

Reason for and type of notificationWho is notified
Administrative, formal notificationLine manager and/or head of department
Potential litigationRisk manager and/or medical defence organization
Medication incidentPharmacy department and/or national drug reporting body
Equipment problemBiomedical engineer and/or national devices reporting body
Infrastructure problemBuilding and engineering services
Infection control problemInfection control team
Staff member harmedOccupational health and safety system
Visitor or contractor harmed or damage or loss sustainedHospital insurer
Adverse publicity is possibleMedia liaison officer
Criminal offence has been committed or absconder could harm him or herselfPolice