An independent Health Service Safety Investigation Body can help establish a culture of learning

02 August 2018

 

Responding to the findings from the Joint Committee on the Draft Health Service Safety Investigations Bill, the chief executive of NHS Providers, Chris Hopson said:

“The Health Service Safety Investigation Body (HSSIB) has a valuable role to play in helping providers learn lessons from incidents and improve patient safety.

“We are pleased to see that this report has taken on board recommendations made by NHS Providers. We agree that to determine the causes of incidents rather than laying blame, the HSSIB must be a statuary body in its own right and able to conduct independent safety investigations.

The HSSIB must be a statuary body in its own right and able to conduct independent safety investigations.

Chris Hopson    

"Safe spaces are a part of creating a culture of openness and one where staff feel confident to raise concerns about safety or care that might have contributed to an incident. The HSSIB must have the power to develop ‘safe spaces’ so that staff and patients can have full confidence in the process. It can also work together with trusts to improve their own investigations and help establish a culture of learning.

“We must tackle blame culture head on if we are to address and learn from mistakes and give patients confidence in the care they receive.”

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