Deinniol Owens

National Investigator

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Deinniol splits his role between being a national investigator and one of the senior investigation science educators at HSIB.

Deinniol studied law at the University of Durham and qualified as a solicitor in 2008. He went on to work with the Parliamentary Health Service Ombudsman investigating complaints about NHS care and treatment and completed a Professional Certificate in Ombudsman and Complaint Handling Practice via Queen Margaret University.

Deinniol subsequently worked as a Patient Experience Manager at Sheffield Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust and completed the NHS leadership academy award in healthcare leadership. He joined the Care Quality Commission as an inspector, and then inspection manager, in its acute hospitals directorate. Deinniol completed further study and obtained the NHS Leadership Academy award in senior healthcare leadership and an MSc in Healthcare Leadership.

Deinniol joined HSIB in January 2018 and has since gone on to develop his interest in human factors, completing an MSc in Patient Safety and Clinical Human Factors at the University of Edinburgh and becoming a technical member of the Chartered Institute of Ergonomics and Human Factors.

Deinniol has presented to a variety of audiences on the work of HSIB and how it adopts safety science in its approach to investigations. He hopes to continue his development and move toward becoming a chartered ergonomist at the earliest opportunity.

Deinniol is married to a veterinary nurse and so has lots of animals in his life. When he isn’t looking after their five dogs, chickens and guinea pigs, he enjoys walking and both playing and watching rugby.