What is the Healthcare Safety Investigation Branch?

Our investigations look at factors that have harmed or may harm NHS patients. We work closely with patients, families and healthcare staff affected by patient safety incidents, and we never attribute blame or liability.


Our investigations are delivered through two programmes: national and maternity. There are differences in how they are carried out and how reports are published but the aims are the same: to share learning and to make safety recommendations that improve safety at a national level.

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Intrapartum stillbirth: learning from maternity safety investigations that occurred during the COVID-19 pandemic 1 April to 30 June 2020

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Our latest report sets out findings from our review into intrapartum stillbirths in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic. These suggest that many safety risks identified in the review were already known to maternity services and were further exacerbated by the pandemic.

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Help and support

Useful links and resources to help you access the right expertise as quickly as possible.

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Our purpose is to improve patient safety through effective and independent investigations that don’t apportion blame or liability.

We carry out up to 30 national investigations each year and make safety recommendations to improve the healthcare system.

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National investigations

We investigate patient safety concerns in NHS funded care in England, issuing safety recommendations to improve patient safety.

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Can we investigate your concern?

Find out how we decide to take an investigation forward and when we're unable to investigate your concern.

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Maternity investigations

Our maternity investigation programme is part of a national action plan to make maternity care safer, bringing about real, system-wide change.

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Latest updates

16 September: Healthcare Safety Investigations Conference

We would like you to join us for our second Healthcare Safety Investigations Conference this September.
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Agenda: Healthcare Safety Investigations Conference 2021

Just under a week to go to our biggest Healthcare Safety Investigations Conference yet.
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Report concludes review into intrapartum stillbirths during first wave of Covid-19

Our latest report sets out findings from our review into intrapartum stillbirths in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic.
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