The Health Information and Quality Authority (HIQA) has released details of 26 new inspection reports, all regarding disability services in Ireland, with more than half of the services found non-compliant with regulations and standards.

Only 11 out of the 26 inspected Irish disability services were found to have a “a good level of compliance with the regulations and standards”, according to a statement from the HIQA.

HIQA inspects against the Health Act 2007 and other social care legislation.

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Of the 26 new inspections, inspectors found a good level of compliance with the regulations and standards in 11 centres operated by a number of providers including St John of God Community Services Company Limited By Guarantee, St Michael’s House, Stewarts Care Limited and The Rehab Group.

Discussing the improvements needed in several of the homes, the HIQA statement continued: “Non-compliance was found in four centres operated by St Michael’s House. Inspectors found that one centre had failed to protect residents from abuse and was issued an urgent action plan to address this failure. In addition, residents told inspectors that they did not have the freedom to exercise control over their lives. In another centre, improvements were required to ensure that all residents had ownership of their own finances. One centre needed to improve its premises and protection against infection measures, while improvements were required in relation to individual assessment and personal plans in the fourth centre. 

“Inspectors identified non-compliance in four centres run by St John of God Community Services Company Limited By Guarantee. Two centres were required to improve to their premises to improve residents’ quality of life, while the other two centres were non-compliant with admissions and contract for the provision of services. One centre also needed to improve in terms of governance and management and protection against infection. 

“In five reports published on centres operated by Stewarts Care Limited, improvements were needed in relation to fire precautions, protection against infection, training and staff development, individual assessment and personal plan, and communication.

“In a Saint Patrick’s Centre (Kilkenny) centre, improvements relating to the timely response to safeguarding incidents were required to ensure residents were safe at all times. The provider was also required to ensure that all staff received supervision in line with its policy. 

“An inspection of a centre operated by Sunbeam House Services Company Limited by Guarantee found that the centre did not have adequate fire precaution and evacuation procedures in place for residents, and risk management procedures required improvement.”

Examples of ‘good’ centres included a Louth St John of God Community Services Company Limited By Guarantee facility where residents were able to make decisions about their own lives, and were also being encouraged to help grow fruit and vegetables.

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