Risk Register Guidance
The following guidance on how to populate a Risk Register was developed
under the auspices of the NHS Health Care Standards Unit (formerly the Controls Assurance Support Unit).
It was not designed as a prescriptive piece of guidance but rather to provide practical support to organisations
that are in the process of developing an organisation-wide Risk Register. The DHSSPS commends it to
HPSS organisations as a useful and informative piece of guidance material.
A Guide on How to Populate a Risk Register
Appendix B of the Risk Register document contains various examples of
risk rating matrices. To assist in developing a common approach to this issue across the HPSS, the Regional
Governance & Risk Management Adviser, in consultation with HPSS colleagues, has developed guidance
on the analysis of risk and a risk rating matrix. The DHSSPS endorses this guidance and commends it
to HPSS bodies as an example of ‘Best Practice’.
Guidance on Analysis of Risk and a Risk Rating Matrix