The Irish Hospice Foundation encourages you to Think Ahead
The purpose of Think Ahead is to help members of the public talk about and record their preferences in the event of emergency, serious illness or death.
The Think Ahead form aims to guide you in thinking about, discussing, and recording your preferences regarding all aspects of end of life. It encourages you to ensure that those closest to you are aware of these preferences so that, should a time come when you are unable to express them yourself, your wishes will be clear to those caring for you or managing your affairs.
During 2017, HIQA revised the monitoring programme against National Standards for the prevention and control of healthcare-associated infections and published the following guidance document: Guide to the monitoring programme undertaken against the National Standards for the prevention and control of healthcare-associated infections. Click HERE
Table of Contents
1. Overview 2. Background 3. Purpose of the National Standards
4. Scope of the National Standards 5. Themes in the National Standards
6. Structure of the National Standards 7. Monitoring compliance with the National Standards
8. Key terms used in the National Standards 9. How the National Standards were developed
Summary of the National Standards for the prevention and control of healthcare-associated infections in acute healthcare services
Theme 1. Person-centred Care and Support Theme 2. Effective Care and Support
Theme 3. Safe Care and Support Theme 4. Better Health and Wellbeing
Theme 5. Leadership, Governance and Management Theme 6. Workforce
Theme 7. Use of Resources Theme 8. Use of Information
This guidance should be used in conjunction with the revised assessment judgment framework, which is one of the tools HIQA uses to assess compliance with the regulations and standards. Inspectors will use this guidance alongside the assessment judgment framework. The purpose of the guidance is to provide additional supporting information to inspectors on assessing compliance and offer guidance on reviewing each regulation and standard. Full-text available HERE
Therefore, the guidance gives greater detail on how to assess and what to review during fieldwork planning, gathering of relevant information and evidence onsite and the making of judgments about compliance.
The Data Protection Commissioner has issued a booklet on General Data Protection Regulation which will come into force on 25th May 2018. The DPC has produced guidance and compiled a checklist to assist organisation with the move towards full compliance. Full-text available HERE
This report presents collated data from the Specialist Palliative Care Minimum Data Set (MDS) from the years 2012-2015 and reflects a picture of the activity within the specialist palliative care services in community, day-care and inpatient units. Every service contributes to the Minimum Data Set and there is almost 100% compliance with regard to metric data submission.