Learning from Deaths Policy

Kent and Medway NHS and Social Care Partnership Trust believes that concentrating attention on the factors that cause deaths will impact positively on all persons who use services, reducing complications, length of stay and readmission rates through improving pathways of care, reducing variability of care delivery, and early recognition and escalation of concerns.

Publication date:
31 January 2021
Date range:
January 2021- September 2022

6. Principles


All deaths are appropriately reviewed to assess if there is potential for organisational learning.


The deaths selected for further review have a structured judgement review completed.


The review of deaths is undertaken in a spirit of openness and transparency, and organisational learning, rather than blame.


The review of deaths will involve families and those close to the deceased, where possible.