As a firm, we value our independence and integrity to the utmost. We have built a solid, long-standing reputation for delivering independent investigations, reviews and evaluations which can be trusted by our clients and regulatory bodies nationally. Niche is a wholly owned (by its Directors), independent consultancy. We have no external shareholders, and no contractual or other relationships with any other organisation which would compromise our independence. Our Directors and senior staff have no conflicting interests in any other organisation and we ask them to make regular declarations in this regard.Download to read more
We have a professional duty to protect people from harm and to care for both the professionals who work for us, who we work with and also the patients, families and carers who may be proxy to our investigations, evaluation and advisory work.
We are not, however, a provider of care and so the way that we keep people safe from harm is in the following ways:
You may or may not have commissioned an independent review before and this may initially seem like a daunting process. We have provided some information in the following pages relating to our independence within the commissioning process and links to our consultancy terms and conditions. Other information relating to the process of reporting, Maxwellisation and escalating during projects is also found in these pages.Download to read more
We are aware that participating in an investigation or review can be a daunting or confusing process we are also aware that you have likely been through a very difficult time already, prior to this work being commissioned. Whilst we are always independent we do want to support your through this process, in the following pages we have provided information about investigations, reviewing reports and also how you can contact further help and support services.Information for families Reviewing a draft report - families
If you are participating in an investigation or review this can be stressful. You will want to know that the people undertaking that review are working with experience, independence and compassion. We have provided information to support you through the process of investigation as well as sign-posts to other support functions or agencies.Information for Professionals Niche Using Advisors
We are a strongly values driven organisation and exercise our continuous commitment to improving health and social care services in everything we do.