P_CIG_03 Central Alert System (CAS)

The Central Alert System (CAS) is an electronic web-based system developed by the Department of Heath, the National Patient Safety Agency (NPSA), NHS Estates and the Medicines and Healthcare Products Regulatory Agency (MHRA). It is a means of sending important safety and device alerts to the nominated Medical Device Liaison Officer (MDLO) in the Trust by email rather than the different methods previously used.

CAS alerts and other notices are issued by the National Patient Safety Agency, NHS Estates and the Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency. These bodies issue alerts through a range of different routes. Historically, a number of methods have been put in place to gain feedback on whether alerts have been implemented.

The aim of CAS is to rationalise the dissemination of alerts, drawing together alerts from these different agencies into a single cascade. To improve implementation of required action and thus support assurance systems within the Strategic Health Authority and the Department of Health that alerts have been received and implemented.

Alerts are received by Lincolnshire Community Health Services NHS Trust through a single contact point (CAS inbox) to the Risk Management Officer.

Lincolnshire Community Health Services Trust is committed to the swift implementation of alerts received through the CAS system. The Trust must also ensure that a system of monitoring and audit is established to ensure that the necessary action is implemented, and to assist the organisation in identifying potential merging risks related to non compliance.

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