In This Issue
New standards for residential services for children and adults with disabilities
New HIQA Board Chairperson appointed
HIQA publishes first child protection and welfare inspection report
Report on breast cancer surveillance for at-risk women
Guiding principles for major health data sources
Regulation of residential services for children and adults with disabilities in Ireland

HIQA is preparing for the forthcoming regulation of residential and respite services for children and adults with disabilities in Ireland. Planning for the registration of designated centres is well advanced and we have been sanctioned to recruit additional inspectors and other regulatory staff.

Four separate information meetings for providers of residential services for people with disabilities took place during May in Sligo, Dublin (two meetings) and Cork. These were attended by over 300 providers and managers from the disability sector. At the meetings, HIQA staff presented information on a range of topics including: introduction to regulation, definition of a designated centre, the Health Act 2007 and the registration process.

The meetings also generated a number of questions from providers which included:

  • When will the regulations be available?
  • What is a ‘fit person’?
  • What is the relationship between standards and regulations?
  • When will inspections start?
  • Who should I nominate as the person in charge? 

While answers to these and other questions were provided on the day a frequently asked questions document will be available shortly on our website. HIQA is also planning further information meetings with providers and details of these will be available in due course.

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