Chair of the Health Services Safety Investigations Body (VAC-1758)

Body: Health Services Safety Investigations Body
Appointing Department: Department of Health and Social Care
Sector: Health and Social Care
Location: National
Number of Vacancies: 1
Remuneration: £63,000 per annum
Time Requirements: Two to three days per week

Campaign Timeline

  • Competition Launched


  • Closed for Applications

    25/05/2022 at 17:00

  • Panel Sift


  • Final Interview Date


  • Health and Social Care Select Committee


  • Announcement



Assessment Panel

Vacancy Description

Ministers are seeking to appoint a Chair to the board of the Health Services Safety Investigations Body (HSSIB).

The HSSIB will build on the work of the Healthcare Safety Investigations Branch (HSIB) which became operational in April 2017 as part of NHS Improvement, to conduct high-level investigations into patient safety incidents in the NHS. The new body will conduct NHS investigations and its remit will be extended to include the independent sector too. This is intended to establish a fully independent Executive Non-Departmental Public Body to investigate qualifying incidents, with the right powers to investigate and promote system learning.

Role description

The Chair of HSSIB will provide leadership, strategic direction and challenge to the investigatory body to ensure that it focusses on:

  • Establishing the HSSIB as a credible organisation with patients, clinicians, NHS Arms-Length Bodies, and NHSE/I
  • Conducting independent and effective investigations into patient safety concerns in healthcare that provide value for money and bring change to the system
  • Build local investigation capacity so more issues are investigated effectively at a local level
  • Providing insight, analysis and training to support Trusts and system partners on system-wide learning and improvement.


The Chair will lead and support the newly established Board of Non-Executive Directors (NEDs) and HSSIB Executive Directors (Eds), hold the Chief Executive to account and will share corporate responsibility for the decisions of the HSSIB Board and the performance of the organisation. The Chair will also contribute to the development of strategy; stakeholder engagement, robust governance and assurance arrangements, effective systems for financial control and risk management and establish an effective investigatory methodology and criteria for investigations.


Person Specification

To be considered, you must be able to demonstrate that you have the qualities, skills and experience to meet all the essential criteria for appointment:

  • Strong strategic leadership skills, with an ability to develop a high-performing organisation and demonstrated by a career record of achievement at the highest levels.
  • Ability to lead the Board of a significant new national organisation, deliver robust board level governance and accountability, and develop a positive culture.
  • Excellent communication and influencing skills, able to collaborate effectively with stakeholders to drive change in a complex system.
  • Knowledge of the NHS and/or of investigations methodology.


Additional Information

The proposed Health Services Safety Investigations Body (HSSIB) provisions is intended to establish an independent non-departmental public body to investigate incidents that occur in England during the provision of health care services that have implications for patient safety. They have the powers to investigate these incidents with a view to identifying patient safety risks and facilitating the improvement of systems and practices in the provision of health care services in England.

  • The HSSIB’s extended remit to cover healthcare provided in the independent sector will enable more thorough investigation into patient safety concerns.
  • ‘Safe space’ and the legal prohibitions on unlawful disclosure will provide greater protection when compared to the mechanism currently used by the investigation branch to protect information gained during an investigation.
  • It is expected that NHS organisations will cooperate fully with the HSSIB’s investigations and benefit from the shared system learning that results.


Increased public confidence:

  • The HSSIB will be a new arm’s-length body and will allow investigations to be carried out independently from the NHS and Government, as provided in the Bill.
  • This will give the public full confidence in the HSSIB’s investigation processes and ability to deliver impartial conclusions and recommendations.
  • Although the Secretary of State may direct the HSSIB to undertake investigations, the direction cannot determine the outcome of the investigation.


Culture of learning:

  • The HSSIB does not assess or determine blame or civil or criminal liability, nor does it dictate whether action needs to be taken in respect of an individual by a regulatory body; instead, the HSSIB focuses on system wide learning which can be applied to future health care. Increased standards for local investigations, as well as guidance, training and advice provided by the HSSIB will enable trust learning at a more local level.


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