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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Electronic prescribing and medicines administration systems and safe discharge

Our latest report highlights that many NHS trusts across England are taking up this technology as they reduce medication errors, but that incomplete use of e-systems could create further risks to patient safety.

The report comes after we looked at the case of 75-year old Ann Midson, who was left taking two powerful blood thinning medications after a mix-up at her local hospital where she was receiving treatment whilst suffering from incurable cancer.

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30 Oct

Health Service Safety Investigations Bill receives second reading in House of Lords

  • Written by: Communications team

The Government’s Bill to establish an independent non-departmental public body has received its second reading in the House of Lords.

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


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