Reporting Risks

Risks are potential events or situations that may occur in the future and have an impact on our goals.

Identifying and reporting a risk creates awareness of an issue that could cause harm or impact the objectives of clinical education. Our Clinical Education Risk Management Framework provides a process for risk analysis and assessment to ensure prompt action is taken.

Risk management in MDHS Clinical Education involves four stages:

  • In the first stage, it is crucial to identify and report any potential risks that will impact clinical education
  • The second stage involves evaluating and strategising the identified risk by understanding the consequences it could have on the Faculty and University.
  • The third stage involves seeking approvals and/or amendments to policies or processes that may reduce the overall risk rating.
  • In the fourth stage, ongoing governance is essential to maintain a productive risk management culture.

If you require assistance from CESAR, you can also request this via the Risk and Incident Reporting Form

Risk Triage

To ensure appropriate action is taken, reported risks are first categorised into Low, Medium, High, and Very High. Instructions on how to rate a risk are provided in the framework. CESAR will ensure the risk is included in the Clinical Education Risk Register and complete a strategy assessment of the risk to provide feedback. Someone from the committee will be in touch within 48 business hours to discuss the risk in further detail.

  • Steps: Low Risks

    Where the risk is identified as low, this should be reported to the line manager or supervisor and an action plan should be developed to reduce the risk. This can be managed at a local level and does not require escalation unless the risk increases in severity.

  • Steps: Medium Risks

    Medium risks require further reporting, communication and escalation. These  should be reported to the line manager or supervisor and Head of School first, then reported to CESAR via the reporting form. The department/school will complete an assessment and include it in the report to CESAR.

  • Steps: High & Very High Risks

    This level of risk requires immediate attention because if it were to eventuate into an incident, the consequences could have a serious impact on the objectives of clinical education. The risk should be reported to the line manager or supervisor who will need to ensure that it is reported to the Head of School.

  • Risk Rating Descriptions

    Risk Descriptions

  • Process Map


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