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HIQA publishes guide to linking recommendations to National Standards

The guidelines are to help hospitals and healthcare providers improve quality and safety.

“We took seven reports that we have published into the quality and safety of healthcare services between 2009 and 2015 and connected each of the 232 recommendations in these reports with an overarching National Standard from our National Standards for Safer Better Healthcare,” said Ms Mary Dunnion, HIQA’s Director of Regulation,

“The objective is to show healthcare providers real examples of how particular standards can be met. If they are confident they are meeting the national standards, they can also be assured that they are meeting recommendations linked to these national standards.

“While risk cannot be eliminated entirely, people responsible for planning, resourcing, managing and delivering healthcare have a duty to protect patients and service users as far as reasonably practicable from the risk of harm.

“This includes taking measures to avoid any unnecessary risk and creating a culture of learning from patient-safety incidents.

“Findings and recommendations of HIQA investigations and reviews are intended to be used by all healthcare services to inform and improve practice.

“We identified 32 out of the 45 National Standards in our various recommendations. We found recommendations are repeatedly associated with the same National Standards, mainly in the areas of Effective Care and Support; Leadership, Governance and Management; and Workforce.

“The relevant Standard needs to be implemented across the wider healthcare system.”

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