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Although funded by the Department of Health and hosted by NHSI, we operate independently. We're also independent from regulatory bodies like the Care Quality Commission (CQC). By offering a new perspective and developing meaningful and influential recommendations we aim to drive positive change at a wider level.

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How we work

We carry out up to 30 investigations each year, occurring in England and after 1st April 2017.

Our focus is on learning and we want to identify themes and patterns. We may investigate similar incidents in different locations, or incidents across different organisations. In the future, we hope to improve local investigations by developing skills and raising standards.

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27 Feb

HSIB release interim bulletin relating to wrong lens investigation

  • Written by: Communications Team

The Healthcare Safety Investigation Branch (HSIB) has released an interim bulletin relating to their investigation on the insertion of an incorrect intraocular lens. The HSIB were made aware of an...


Any person, group or organisation can share cases for potential investigation via the safety awareness form. Each submission is reviewed against our criteria, and an important part of assessment is whether we can learn something new that improves practice across the health system. We use a range of approaches focusing on establishing cause and identifying risk.

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