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HIQA investigates reducing the cost of regulation centres

23 Apr 2015

Phelim Quinn, HIQA CEO

HIQA is reviewing its registration processes with a view to reducing the cost of regulation of health and social care settings, IMT reports.

HIQA’s Chief Executive Phelim Quinn explained that the Authority was conscious of trying to reduce the administrative cost of regulation — and of meeting standards — on providers whenever possible and appropriate. “To this end, we are reviewing our registration processes and have launched a new portal (Internet) site for providers of designated centres for older persons.”

Another initiative HIQA is embarking on this year, he revealed, will be focused inspections of malnutrition and dehydration in patients in acute hospitals. This coincides with concerns raised by national and international experts at a lack of progress in implementing routine nutrition screening in Irish hospitals considering that poor nutritional care is indicative of poor quality healthcare and effectively exposes patients to significant avoidable risk to their recovery.

At a recent Dublin nutrition conference, the Irish Society for Clinical Nutrition and Metabolism (IrSPEN) unveiled a partnership programme with the HSE to embed good nutritional care across the healthcare system.

Acknowledging all of the Authority’s various teams have been “extremely busy since the start of the year”, Quinn revealed some of the other work HIQA would conduct this year. As a follow-up to the Authority’s Healthcare Team’s publication of its latest overview report on the level of compliance with infection prevention and control standards in public acute hospitals, he said: “This year, our focus in this area includes how hospitals use medicines to fight infections, and we report on this initiative.

“While we saw some innovative practices in relation to hand hygiene and hospital cleanliness, there is untapped potential for sharing best practice among hospitals,” according to Quinn.

HIQA is also determined to enforce high standards in residential centres for people with disabilities in this country, in light of recent revelations.

Lloyd Mudiwa

Click here to view the full article which appeared in Irish Medical Times