21/10/2015

Unannounced Inspections To Be Carried Out At Acute Hospitals In NI

A new programme of unannounced inspections at every acute hospital in Northern Ireland is set to begin.

The Regulation and Quality Improvement Authority (RIQA) launched the programme to identify what is working well and where improvements are needed.
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Glenn Houston, RQIA Chief Executive, said: "Our inspectors will assess: Is care safe? Is care effective? Is care compassionate? We will also examine the quality of leadership and management at each area inspected. During each unannounced inspection our team will visit a number of specific clinical areas within the hospital.

"To help provide a clear view of the overall performance of each area inspected, we will: inspect the hospital environment; observe practice; speak to patients, families and staff; and examine evidence including: patient records, policies and other relevant documentation."

The new inspections are in addition to RQIA's ongoing infection prevention/hygiene inspection programme, which will also continue at all hospitals across Northern Ireland.

(CD/JP)

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