We are a group of about 30 people with a wide range of investigation, clinical and other skills led by the Chief Investigator Keith Conradi. We operate completely independently of any other organisation - including the Care Quality Commission (CQC), Department of Health and NHS organisations.
How we work
We investigate up to 30 healthcare safety incidents in England each year in order to provide meaningful safety recommendations. We share what we learn for the benefit of everyone who works throughout the healthcare system and is cared for by it. We may investigate similar incidents in different locations, or incidents across different organisations. In future, we will also work to improve local investigations by setting standards for investigation practice.
Investigations & cases
We will only investigate incidents that have occurred in England and from 1st April 2017 onwards. Any organisation, group or individual may share issues for potential investigation using the safety awareness form. We focus on the causes of incidents and identifying risk, producing reviews that focus on safety and learning rather than blame and liability.
The Healthcare Safety Investigation Branch (HSIB) has begun an Investigation into patient safety issues in relation to pathways of care and associated transfer of patients with cardiac conditions. Initially, HSIB’s investigation will focus on the death of a patient that occurred in April 2017. At this stage, we will not be publishing any further information about the individual event. The investigation will look into practices across England and will make safety recommendations to the healthcare sector. It is expected that HSIB will publish an interim report by the end of June 2017.