The first reading of a bill that will implement the NHS’s long-term strategy in England to establish an independent body last week to examine serious healthcare incidents took place in the House of Lords.
It will give lawful powers to the Healthcare Safety Investigation Branch, an authority which has been operational since April 2017 and is sponsored through the Department of Health and Social Care and hosted by NHS England and NHS Improvement. Should the Bill obtain Royal Assent next year, it is suggested that the organization will operate in “shadow form” for throughout a year and then go fully active in Autumn 2021. It’ll be known as the Health Service Safety Investigations Body (HSSIB).
The HSSIB will investigate dangerous incidents in healthcare. It will value independence, transparency, objectivity, expertise, and learning for the development and aim to build a safe reservation so NHS staff can raise concerns and speak out without fear of retaliation so patient safety can be improved. It is known that culture in some parts of the NHS can deter staff from talking out, which can have a negative effect on both those who are brave enough to do so and patient security.
The idea is that HSSIB will not attribute blame or accountability against any individual; it will reflect the successful application of similar schemes in the air and marine industries. HSSIB will attempt to improve the superiority and effectiveness of local investigations by emerging standards and to provide advice, guidance, and working to organizations.