About us

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 health conditions in prisons

Each day around 120 prisoners with ongoing medication needs are moved between prisons.

Our latest investigation report identifies opportunities and remedies that could be applied across the system to reduce the risk of prisoners with long term, chronic conditions being moved without crucial medication.

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Featured news
24 Oct

Partial set up of electronic medication systems in NHS puts patients at risk

  • Written by: Communications team

Poorly implemented electronic prescribing and medicines administration systems can result in potentially fatal medication errors, our new report warns today.

17 Oct

HSSIB Bill has first reading in House of Lords

  • Written by: Communications team
17 Oct

HSIB Position Statement - CQC State of Care 2018/19

  • Written by: Communications team
14 Oct

‘HSSIB’ Bill announced in Queen’s speech

  • Written by: Communications team


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.

Find out more about our national investigations

Tell us about a patient safety concern

Link to the page with our safety awareness form