Expert Advisory Group consultation now open – have your say!

In July we analysed the Department of Health’s response to three recent patient safety reports which provided a clear message to embrace a culture of learning rooted in the truth; a culture that listens to patients, families and staff and which takes responsibilities for problems rather than seeking to avoid blame.

The Rt. Hon. Jeremy Hunt MP, Secretary of State for Health, announced in July 2015 the Government’s intention to create a new Independent Patient Safety Investigation Service (IPSIS). The IPSIS will operate from April 2016 and offer support and guidance to health and care provider organisations on investigations into serious patient safety incidents, as well as conducting certain investigations itself to ensure optimum effectiveness.

An Expert Advisory Group (EAG), which will meet fortnightly, has been set up to make recommendations on how the new investigation service should work. By drawing on the expertise of members on patient safety, healthcare and investigation it will seek views and evidence from a broad range of stakeholders, including patients and their families, those who have experience of investigations and NHS staff, before making recommendations on the scope, governance and operating model for IPSIS.

In particular the EAG will focus on the following five inter-related themes:

  • Independence, governance and accountability
  • Engagement and transparency
  • What IPSIS should investigate?
  • Supporting improvement and learning
  • People, skills and operation

The consultation will close on 31 October 2015.

To give your views please click here to access the IPSIS questionnaire.