Revised launch date for revamped HSIB

  • Date: 14 February 2023

ESTABLISHMENT of the Health Services Safety Investigations Body (HSSIB) and the Maternity and Newborn Safety Investigations Special Health Authority (MNSI) will be delayed for six months.

The Healthcare Safety Investigation Branch (HSIB) in England was due to be split into the HSSIB and MNSI in April but with the board and leadership for the two organisations not yet fully in place this would have “governance and operational impacts on both bodies if the launch were to go ahead”.

A revised date of October 2023 has been set for the launch of both organisations to ensure a smooth transition with minimal disruption to investigations going forward.

HSIB will currently remain hosted by NHS England, while maintaining its continued independence.

Interim chief investigator, Rosie Benneyworth, said: “It is important we get everything in place before we launch the HSSIB as an arm’s length body and MNSI as a special health authority.

"These delays are to ensure a smooth transformation to the two new organisations and it’s important we don’t rush the process without the right leadership team and structures being in place.”

Find out more about HSIB organisational transformation.

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