Client Incidents are recorded on the Journals tab of Client records and are designed to record details specific to an Incident including Incident Type, Category Level, Precursor to the Incident, what happened, and the outcome.
Followup Actions can also be added to the Incident record and the related Notification reminder will appear on the Dashboard of the nominated Staff Member.
There are two printable Reports available one which prints the details of the individual Incident record displayed and the other which allows you to search by date range and/or Incident Category across all Client Incidents for this Client.
While this feature was initially designed to meet reporting requirements in Victoria, it can be utilised by providers across all States and Territories, however, please note it may not meet all of the specific compliance reporting criteria for each.
N.B. Access to the Client record is required in order to access Client Incidents, noting that if 'Managers Only' has been selected, this privilege is also required in order to view the Client Incident.
Audience: Support Staff, Team Leaders
The following list summarises the content of this article. Click on the links below to take you to the relevant sections:
- How are Client Incidents created?
- What information can be recorded in Client Incidents?
- Printable Reports
How are Client Incidents created?
Client incidents can be created from the Incidents List section of the Journal tab in a Client record, by selecting the +Add a new incident icon:
The Site and Service it relates to must be selected first:
When creating a Client Incident the status of the Client's Service Participation is listed next to each of the Service/Sites available for selection:
- Current - reflects that the Client is currently participating in Site/Service
- Historical - reflects that the Client participated in Site/Service historically
- Not Used - reflects that the Client has never participated in this Site/Service
The Site/Services displayed for selection are based on the Staff Members privileges and not the Client's Service Participation.
What information can be recorded in the Client Incident record?
Once a Client Incident has been created, the 'Edit Client Incident' window opens which contains the following sections:
- Incident Details
- Incident Report
The Incident Details section is where the following information is displayed/recorded:
- Client - the Client name relative to the Client record where the Incident is being recorded will automatically populate in this field
- Description/Title - this is a free-text field where a brief descriptive title of the Incident can be entered
- Recording Staff Member - this defaults to the person logged in however another Staff Member can be selected from the drop-down list where appropriate
- Manager's Only - if the information is of a sensitive nature the 'Managers Only' checkbox can be selected. Once selected and the Client Incident is saved, only Staff with the 'User is a Manager' Staff Account privilege can access and view this Incident. If the Staff Member recording the Incident does not have this privilege they will no longer be able to access, view or edit the Incident.
- Document 1, 2 3 - Documents that have already been added to the Client's Documents tab can be linked here when relevant
- Journals - Journals can be created directly from the Incident record to record Journal evidence about the Incident
The 'Incident Report' section is where the following information is displayed/recorded:
- Incident Date - this defaults to today's date, however, the actual date of the Incident can be selected via the calendar icon
- Incident Time - this defaults to '12.00 PM', however, the actual time of the Incident can be selected via the clock icon
- Duration of Incident - this defaults to '0.00 mins', however, the actual duration of the Incident can be entered
- Incident Type - is a customisable List that can be configured on the 'Lists' tab in System Preferences. Multiple options are included in the List by default, however, the List can be modified and/or additional types added as required by your organisation
- Incident Category - is a customisable List that can be configured on the 'Lists' tab in System Preferences. The default levels are 1, 2 & 3, however, the List can be modified and/or additional Category levels added as required by your organisation
- Location of Incident - is a free-text field
- Person Observing - is a free text field
- Precursor - is a free text field
- What Happened - is a free text field
- Response - is a free text field
- Outcome - is a free text field
- Type of activities whilst recovering - is a free text field
- Duration of Recovery - this defaults to '0.00 mins', however, the actual duration of Recovery can be entered
There are several in-built Standards available in SupportAbility, including:
- Each of the NDIS Practice Standards,
- the National Disability Standards, and the
- DMI Codes (Disability Maintenance Instrument), specific to providers of Supported employment.
To add a Standard to an Incident, simply select the +Add Standard button in the 'Standards' section of the Incident, which will open the Search function:
For example, to search for a Standard from the NDIS Practice Standards, (which are prefaced with 'QSF' in SupportAbility), you can either type 'Q' in the search field to access the full list of these Standards, or more specifically type a keyword e.g. 'Core' to narrow your search:
Once a Standard has been added, it will appear in the Standards section of the Incident record:
Further information regarding Standards in SupportAbility can be found in the Standards in SupportAbility and the Adding a Standard Knowledge Base articles linked below.
Client Incident Actions can also be added when there is follow up action that must be taken:
'Client Incident Action: Type' is a customisable List that can be configured on the 'Lists' tab in System Preferences. The default options include 'Meeting, Review and Phone Call', however, the List can be modified and/or additional Action Types added as required by your organisation.
The Client Incident Action will also appear on the Dashboard of the Staff Member assigned, provided the Staff Member has access to the related Client record and the Dashboard has been customised to display these notifications:
There are two printable reports to select from within the incident record:
- Client Incident Report
The 'Incident' report is accessible via the 'Print' menu from within an individual Client Incident record.
It simply provides a print version of that Incident:
Client Incident Report
The 'Client Incident Report' is accessible via the 'Print' menu from any tab in the Client record as shown below, as well as from the 'Print' menu within an individual Client Incident:
Once selected it will display all Incidents for this Client.
The Search functionality allows you to search by a specified date range, and/or Incident Category across all Client Incidents for this client:
N.B. Incident 'Category' is a customisable List that can be configured on the 'Lists' tab in System Preferences, as required.