Health Information and Quality Authority (HIQA)

The Health Information and Quality Authority (HIQA) was established in May 2007 as part of the government’s health reform programme and is committed to operating to the highest standards of corporate governance.

HIQA is an independent Authority, with broad ranging functions and powers reporting to the Minister for Health. Their aim is to drive quality, safety, accountability and the best use of resources in health and social care services, whether delivered by public, voluntary or private bodies.

HIQA set the standards for delivering health and social care services and they will continuously carry out inspections to ensure that these standards are being met.

From 1 July, HIQA became responsible for the registration and inspection of all residential care services for older people. For the first time HSE run centres, as well as, private and voluntary nursing homes will be subject to independent registration and inspection.

This is a significant step forward in the protection of the rights of older people living in residential care settings across the country.

Services will only be allowed to operate if they are registered by the Social Services Inspectorate and they will be inspected regularly to ensure they maintain a high level of care.

If the inspectors find that a service is unsafe or the standards are not being met, the Chief Inspector will have the legal power to take a number of actions in the best interest of the residents.

All inspection reports will be available to download from the official HIQA website.