On 01 August 2018, the MHC and HIQA launched draft national standards for public consultation. The draft standards were introduced to provide a framework for best practice in safeguarding adults in health and social care services.
Once approved by the Minister for Health, they will become National Standards, placing a responsibility on all publicly funded health and social care services to begin implementing them. This includes, but is not limited to: residential services for older people and people with a disability, mental health approved centres, mental health community residences, acute hospitals, day care services, care delivered in the home including care delivered by a public health nurse or home support services, general practices and primary care centres.
The National Standards, when approved, will:
Both HIQA and the MHC are urging the public and interested parties to give their opinion on the draft standards during the public consultation, which will run for 7 weeks until 19 September 2018 at 5pm (click here for online questionnaire).
For more information on the draft national standards and the consultation, click here.
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