In June 2012, the Health Information and Quality Authority published the National Standards for Safer Better Healthcare which came into immediate effect. All healthcare facilities in Ireland - from hospitals to community and primary care centres to individual GP practices – must comply with the National Standards. In addition the Standards will form the basis of a future licensing system. While the details of the licensing system have yet to be published, granting of licenses to provide healthcare services will be subject to compliance with the National Standards.
The IMO is currently developing an on-line Guide to help members comply with the National Standards. The IMO Guide to the HIQA National Standards will provide links to useful resources and template policies and protocols.
In addition the IMO will be organizing a number of CPD events on topics that are relevant to the National Standards.
The following CPD sessions at the IMO AGM 2014 will aid members in their efforts to comply with the HIQA National Standards for Safer Better Healthcare.
NB: This booklet should be treated as a guidance only.
The IMO rejects any liability and shall not be held accountable for individuals failing to comply with any of the HIQA Standards. Equally, if there is any legislation or standards not mentioned in this guidance that a service provider should be compliant with, you should still comply with that legislation and those standards.