Healthcare Safety Investigation Branch Chief announces retirement

by Communications team

Keith Conradi, the Healthcare Safety Investigation Branch’s (HSIB) first Chief Investigator has announced his retirement.

Keith has been with HSIB since it launched in 2017 and has presided over 58 national safety investigations and more than 1900 maternity investigations.

Before joining HSIB Keith was a world-renowned investigator at the Air Accidents Investigation Branch (AAIB). He was then instrumental in bringing successful AAIB practices and protocols to the healthcare sector in order to reduce risk and improve patient safety and ensure HSIB reports never attribute blame to staff or hospitals where things went wrong.

A photo of HSIB chief investigator, Keith Conradi
Chief Investigator, Keith Conradi, has been with HSIB since it was formed in 2017.

In announcing his retirement Keith Conradi, Chief Investigator says:

“It has long been my intention to retire at 60 while my health enables me to participate in competitive triathlon.

“Over the last four years I have been incredibly proud of what we have achieved at HSIB. We have developed hundreds of safety recommendations which are being implemented by our partners across the NHS. Every one of our safety recommendations is helping make health and care safer for patients.

“I’m confident my successor will take HSIB to the next level and develop the organisation so it can grow its national and international standing as a world leader in professional patient safety investigations and education.”

HSIB is hosted by NHS England and NHS Improvement. The National Director of Patient Safety in England is Dr Aidan Fowler, who says:

“Keith is respected across the healthcare sector for the expertise he brings to patient safety and his leadership in ensuring HSIB investigations have been of the highest quality and reached the right level of professionalism to ensure safety recommendations would be accepted by the organisations who received them.

“HSIB has an exciting future and we wish Keith the best for his retirement.”

Professor Patrick Vernon, OBE is Chair of HSIB’s Citizens’ Partnership and says:

“The Citizens’ Partnership was established under Keith’s leadership and has benefited from his vision and support in having the public, patients, and equality and diversity represented in our reports, investigations and across our organisation.

“He has left a solid legacy for the future of HSIB as it progresses towards becoming an independent arm’s length body. It has been a privilege working with Keith for the last 18 months and I wish him well on his retirement.”

Keith’s replacement will be recruited in due course.

Keith Conradi says:

“Over the last 20 years of my career improving safety for the public using our airlines, and latterly for patients using our healthcare system has been my absolute priority. We can never eliminate risk but safety investigation bodies such as the AAIB and HSIB are fundamental into ensuring we learn lessons from tragedy in a way that does not attribute blame or liability.”

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