HIQA finds 'significant deficiencies' in residential services for people with disabilities

Three HSE-run services failed to ensure the safety of residents, according to latest report

HIQA finds 'significant deficiencies' in residential services for people with disabilities

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Inspections of residential services for people with disabilities has found deficiencies in several areas.

Out of 20 Health Information and Quality Authority (HIQA) reports, seven found that - in general - the provider was ensuring a good and safe quality of life for residents.

Four of the reports relate to services run by Daughters of Charity.

One of the reports was in relation to a community-based service, where staff were found to support residents to achieve a good quality of life.

However, the other three found that the provider was failing to ensure a safe and good quality service.

Inspectors also found "significant deficiencies" in how risk was being managed. There were also issues with medication management in one of the centres.

Three of the four inspections of services run by the Health Service Executive (HSE) found that the HSE was "failing to ensure the safety of residents in their services and was not ensuring that the support and care being delivered to residents was based on their assessed needs."

Non-compliances were also found in health and safety and risk management, safeguarding and safety, and governance and management.

A fourth inspection report for a HSE centre found the provider was delivering a good quality of service.

Three of the reports relate to centres run by St John of God Services.

On two inspections, it was found that the provider continued to fail to provide a good quality of service in two centres.

The provider was required to take action to improve the privacy and dignity of residents, to ensure residents with behaviour support needs were cared for in a positive way, and action was also required over the supervision and training of staff working with residents.

Fire detection and prevention

Inspections of three L'Arche Ireland centres found that two provided residents with a good quality of support and care, and were fully compliant with the regulations and standards.

One centre had failings in relation to residents' rights and the submission of notifications to HIQA.

A report into a centre run by the Cork Association for Autism found "major non-compliances" across four outcomes in relation to healthcare needs, medicines management, social care needs and safe and suitable premises.

Three reports of centres run by St Michael's House found compliance in two of them, while issues of poor risk management and poor governance and management were found in one.

Reports of two centres run by Kerry Parents and Friends Association were also published.

These found four major non-compliances on both inspections - with significant risks found for residents in relation to fire detection and prevention and the safeguarding of vulnerable residents.

Read the reports in full here