HIQA reports find 'oversight and risks' in several residential centres for disabled people

13 of the inspections found a good level of compliance

HIQA reports find 'oversight and risks' in several residential centres for disabled people

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The Health Information and Quality Authority (HIQA) has published 25 reports on residential services for people with disabilities.

Of the reports published, 13 of the inspections found that the provider was generally ensuring a good level of compliance.

Seven of the reports refer to centres operated by the Health Service Executive (HSE) - five of these relate to centres in the North West.

Inspectors found that there was "inadequate oversight and management" of these services by the HSE to ensure a good quality of service to residents.

A high level of non-compliance, which could pose a risk to residents' welfare, was identified in these centres.

HIQA says it will continue to monitor the centres closely.

While a number of immediate action plans were issued to a centre belonging to the Brothers of Charity Services. HIQA says these were "to address the identified risks during an inspection".

It says: "Inadequate measures had been taken to protect and promote the health and safety of residents and staff following a recent incident in this centre.

"While there was evidence of good compliance in some areas, the provider was failing to safeguard residents or to meet their social care needs in another centre."

Another inspection in one centre operated by Camphill Communities found the provider had not put systems in place to ensure the regulations were being met.

It says this had resulted in "potential risk and poor quality of care" for residents in a number of areas.

Two reports on centres run by Peamount Healthcare found that in one centre, actions from the previous inspection had not been implemented.

"While governance and management structures had changed, the centre’s ability to meet residents’ assessed needs had not improved."

It adds that major renovation works had been identified as required to another centre operated by this provider in order to comply with the regulations.

"However, this had not been completed and continued to be at the level of major non-compliance".

One report relates to a centre operated by St Patrick's Centre (Kilkenny) Ltd and found the provider had applied to register this centre as part of a de-congregation plan for a campus.

While the centre was found to be mainly in compliance, a number of actions are required to ensure residents’ rights are upheld.

Another report refers to a Sunbeam House Services Limited centre - and HIQA says improvements were required there in relation to assessing and planning to meet residents’ needs.