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We conduct independent investigations of patient safety concerns in NHS-funded care across England. The safety recommendations we make aim to improve healthcare systems and processes in order to reduce risk and improve safety.

HSIB is funded by the Department of Health & Social Care and hosted by NHS England and NHS Improvement. We hope that when parliamentary time allows, we will be established as an independent public body.

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Management of chronic asthma in children aged 16 years and under

Asthma is the most common lung disease in the UK. 1.1 million children are diagnosed with the condition.

We have started an investigation looking at the risks involved in the management of children aged 16 years and under diagnosed with asthma.

Diagnosis and the management of asthma, particularly in children and young people, can be complex. It is important to get it right, as otherwise significant harm or death can result.

Find out more about our asthma investigation

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17 Apr

Simulation helps NHS prepare during coronavirus pandemic

  • Written by: Communications team

Simulation is when a clinical scenario or healthcare process is modelled for the purpose of teaching or understanding system challenges associated with providing a healthcare service. This article collates some of the simulation resources available that are relevant to the current situation, which NHS clinicians may find useful.


We undertake patient safety investigations through two programmes - national investigations and maternity investigations. In our national programme we investigate up to 30 patient safety concerns each year in order to provide meaningful safety recommendations.

Our teams work closely with patients, families and healthcare staff affected by patient safety incidents and we never attribute blame or liability to individuals.

We welcome information about patient safety concerns from everyone, including patients and their families, the public, NHS staff and organisations.

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Tell us about a patient safety concern

Link to the page with our safety awareness form