596. Inquiries and investigations.

(10)     Inquiries

596.     Inquiries and investigations.

In addition to statutory inquiries1, non-statutory independent investigations may be held in the area of mental health practice2.

The relevant strategic health authority3 determines whether such an investigation is necessary, appoints the investigation team, agrees terms of reference, publishes and distributes the resultant report, and ensures that there is a process for subsequent action to address issues raised4. The National Health Service Commissioning Board Authority may also play a role in independent investigations.

Generally an independent investigation is undertaken: (1) when a homicide has been