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Director of Investigations

Healthcare Safety Investigation Branch
Farnborough, Hampshire
Circa £100,000
Closing date
19 Sep 2021

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NHS England
Patient Safety, Director (Patient Safety)
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HSIB conducts independent investigations of patient safety concerns in NHS-funded care across England. The safety recommendations we make aim to improve healthcare systems and processes in order to reduce risk and improve safety.

HSIB is funded by the Department of Health & Social Care and hosted by NHS England and NHS Improvement. We hope that when parliamentary time allows, we will be established as an independent public body.

In April 2016 the Government launched a new independent Healthcare Safety Investigation Branch (HSIB). As Director of Investigation for HSIB, the post holder will help to lead this dynamic team in accordance with the following principles:

  • Objectivity;
  • Transparency;
  • Independence;
  • Evidence based;
  • And with a focus on identifying the causes of healthcare incidents in order to make recommendations to improve patient safety

 The Director of Investigation will play a crucial role in:

  • Designing and implementing the HSIB strategy and policy for healthcare safety investigations
  • Developing and managing the HSIB investigation policies and reporting processes
  • Supporting the Chief Inspector in improving and maintaining the confidence of the public, families and other stakeholders in the safety investigation process
  • Working with healthcare services to help improve the quality of local safety investigations across the healthcare sector
  • Supporting the Chief Investigator in transitioning HSIB to the Health Service Safety Investigation Body when new legislation is complete

The purpose of HSIB is to improve patient safety across healthcare, by carrying out expert investigations to determine the causes of serious systemic patient safety

incidents, and to make safety recommendations intended to prevent recurrence, HSIB does not apportion blame or liability.

Spanning a wide range of clinical themes, our National Investigations programme aims to bring about real, system-wide change across the NHS. Our national investigations are designed to improve patient safety on a national level, and promote learning across the NHS. Unlike our maternity investigations, they do not replace local serious incident investigations within trusts.

The key functions of the Maternity Investigations programme are to achieve rapid learning and improvement in maternity services, and to identify common themes that offer opportunity for system-wide change. For these incidents HSIB’s investigation replaces the local investigation, although the NHS trust remains responsible for Duty of Candour and for referring the incident to us. We work closely with parents and families, healthcare staff and organisations during an investigation. Our reports are provided directly to the families involved and to the NHS trust. The trust is responsible for actioning any safety recommendations we make as a result of these investigations. We have been operating in all trusts providing maternity care since 1 April 2019. Our longer-term aim is to make safety recommendations to national organisations for system-level improvements in maternity services. These will be based on common themes arising from our trust-level investigations.

The role is offered on a fixed term contract until April 2023, full time basis to fit with the current funding model. Initially based in Farnborough, Hampshire and currently with significant working from home opportunities.

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HSIB is situated at Cody Technology Park, a unique private campus 10 minutes from Farnborough town centre and 40 minutes by train from Waterloo. It is a superb spacious working location with ample parking, an onsite restaurant, café, nursery, gym, and landscaped gardens to enjoy.

HSIB adhere to the salary principles set out in the NHS Terms & Conditions of Services handbook. Please note, applicants coming from outside of the NHS will be appointed to the bottom of the advertised pay scale.

The usual starting salary principles apply for applicants coming from the NHS. For further information please visit:

Our staff are offered a range of benefits including generous annual leave entitlement, competitive salaries, work-life balance, flexible working, season ticket loans, NHS discounts, 24/7 employee assistance, free eye tests and learning and development opportunities.

We are committed to equality of opportunity for all staff and applications from individuals are encouraged regardless of age, disability, sex, gender reassignment, sexual orientation, pregnancy and maternity, race, religion or belief and marriage and civil partnerships.

HSIB are unable to reimburse travel expenses for attending interviews.

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