Photocall — Launch of National Patient Experience Survey

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Tony O’Brien, Director General of the HSE; Minister for Health Simon Harris TD; Rachel Flynn, HIQA’s Director of Health Information and Standards and Programme Director for the National Patient Experience Survey; and our CEO Phelim Quinn pictured in Dublin at the launch of the first ever National Patient Experience Survey

Message from our CEO, Phelim Quinn

11 December 2017 marked an important day for HIQA and Ireland’s health services as we published the very first National Patient Experience Survey. The national report and 39 individual hospital reports were launched by An Taoiseach Leo Varadkar and Minister for Health Simon Harris.

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Photocall — Taoiseach at launch of National Patient Experience Survey

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An Taoiseach Leo Varadkar TD addresses the launch of the National Patient Experience Survey. On left is our CEO Phelim Quinn.

 

Ireland’s first ever national survey of patients’ experiences in hospital launched

The results of the first ever National Patient Experience Survey were launched on 11 December 2017 by An Taoiseach Leo Varadkar TD and Minister for Health Simon Harris TD in Dublin.

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HIQA hosts information events on new monitoring approach

We are enhancing various aspects of how we monitor and regulate residential centres for older people and people with disabilities.

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News from our Disabilities team

As the legal timeframe for HIQA registration of residential centres for people with disabilities draws close, our inspectors have been liaising with providers of those remaining centres not yet registered with us.

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HIQA publishes overview report on Áras Attracta

Following the issuing of notices of proposal to cancel the registration of the three centres on the Áras Attracta campus, HIQA published an overview report of findings from inspections carried out since the Health Service Executive (HSE) submitted an improvement plan to HIQA in October 2015.

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Photocall — ISPOR 20th Annual European Congress

Photocall — ISPOR 20th Annual European Congress

Pictured at the International Society for Pharmacoeconomic Outcomes and Research (ISPOR) Congress in November in Glasgow, Scotland were Dr Eamon O Murchu from our Health Technology Assessment (HTA) team (middle of photo) who presented research on The Clinical Effectiveness of Smoking Cessation Interventions in Pregnancy, along with Des Lucey (left) and Paul Carty of our HTA team.

 

Health technology assessment of treatment and transport options for Priority 1 transfer patients

We have published a health technology assessment (HTA) that contains advice for the Minister for Health and the Health Service Executive (HSE) on the alternative options for the treatment and transport of Priority 1 transfer patients.

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New draft guidelines on economic evaluation and budget impact analysis

We have published draft guidelines on both the economic evaluation and budget impact analysis of health technologies in Ireland.

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National Standards for the Conduct of Reviews of Patient Safety Incidents 

National Standards for the Conduct of Reviews of Patient Safety Incidents in Acute Services were launched by the Minister for Health at the National Patient Safety Office Conference in October. 

Draft National Standards for Children’s Residential Centres 

A national public consultation on the draft National Standards for Children’s Residential Centres was carried out during a six-week period from September until November 2017.

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Deirdre Connolly and Linda Weir from HIQA were at the recent Empowering Young People in Care (EPIC) and Care Leavers’ Ireland Conference aimed at young people moving towards aftercare. Deirdre and Linda encouraged young people attending to feed back to us on our Draft National Standards for Children’s Residential Centres.

 

More news from HIQA

HIQA publishes new guidance on privacy impact assessment in health and social care

The forthcoming EU General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) was an important theme during the second health information seminar entitled ‘National Health Information — Better data, better decisions’.

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Consultation on eHealth interoperability standards 

We recently undertook a public consultation on the development of eHealth interoperability standards over a six-week period.

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Update from our Older Persons’ tea

As we draw closer to the end of the year, it is important to reflect on the work done by our Older Persons’ team in 2017. Eight out of 10 nursing homes (83%) have had a HIQA inspection so far this year.

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Decontaminating reusable invasive medical devices in hospitals

We have set up a new External Advisory Group to help us extend our monitoring programme in acute hospitals to the decontamination of reusable invasive medical devices.

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News on medication safety in public acute hospitals 

Our Healthcare team has continued to conduct inspections as part of our medication safety monitoring programme. It has published nine new inspection reports under this programme since October.

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