Summary of HIQA Inspection Findings in Nursing Homes during June 2020 to September 2020

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This report by HCI highlights the trends in inspection findings, those being ‘Compliant’ and ‘Not Compliant’ as detailed by the Health Information and Quality Authority (HIQA) in reports for residential care settings for older people. The inspections were against the requirements as outlined in the following:

These legislative requirements are supported throughout the report by the National Standards for Residential Care Settings for Older People in Ireland (2016).

In light of the impact of COVID-19, certain reports also make reference to the application by residential homes of the following:

HCI completed a review of twenty-three (23) randomly selected HIQA Inspection Reports. All inspections were completed by HIQA during June 2020 to September 2020.

Summary of Findings

The review highlighted that Regulation 15: Staffing, Regulation 23: Governance and Management, Regulation 17: Premises, Regulation 27: Infection Control and Regulation 28: Fire Precautions had findings that carried a Not Complaint Red Risk. Issues identified under these Regulations included:

Other areas recognised as requiring improvement:

The following Regulations were not inspected in the reports reviewed and were therefore not included in the analysis:


This report illustrates the new layout of the HIQA inspection reports and details the continuing trends in HIQA findings in relation to residential care settings for older people in meeting the relevant requirements.

The trends show that high risk findings are still evident in the area of Staffing, Governance and Management, Premises, Infection Control and Fire Precautions, with many residential centres requiring improvements in key areas such as Training and Staff Development, Complaints Procedures, Temporary Absence or Discharge for Residents, Personal Possessions, Healthcare and Medicines and Pharmaceutical Services.

Good practice was identified in relation to Persons In Charge, Directory of Residents, Notification of Absence, Communication Difficulties, and Information for Residents.

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Summary of HIQA Inspection Findings June 2020 to September 2020

Summary of HIQA Inspection Findings in Nursing Homes completed during June 2020 to September 2020.

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