Today, the Health Information and Quality Authority (HIQA) has published a report on its review of the effectiveness of governance and management and safeguarding arrangements in designated centres for people with disabilities operated by the Health Service Executive (HSE) in Co. Donegal.
HIQA undertook a regulatory programme in a cohort of centres over a two-week period in January 2022, arising from concerns about the management of safeguarding concerns by the HSE in the Donegal area.
As part of the programme, HIQA visited 18 HSE centres in Co. Donegal and met with residents, staff and senior managers. HIQA assessed compliance with regulations on governance and management, protection and positive behavioural support; and the impact on the quality and safety of care for residents living in these centres.
Overall, HIQA found that most residents were living in pleasant, homely environments and the centres were being managed by experienced and knowledgeable persons in charge. However, the Chief Inspector required the HSE to address its poor oversight and governance arrangements at local, regional and national level. In addition, the HSE was required to improve its assurance mechanisms at regional and national levels to ensure that safeguarding arrangements to protect residents from the risk of harm are effective.
HIQA’s Chief Inspector of Social Services, Carol Grogan, said:
“Any safeguarding issue is of significant concern to everyone, especially to the people involved and their families. A critical aspect of effective safeguarding is good oversight and management of centres at provider level.
“The HSE has submitted a detailed plan on how it intends to address the governance and safeguarding gaps we identified as part of this regulatory programme. We have commenced a programme of inspections in HSE designated centres to assess the implementation of this plan to ensure sustainable delivery of improvements to the quality, safety and the lived experience for residents.”
Read the report at www.hiqa.ie
For further information please contact:
Marty Whelan, Head of Communications & Stakeholder Engagement
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