HIQA Guidance for the assessment of designated centres for older people

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.


General Data Protection Legislation: Preparing for 2018

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

National Summary of Patient Activity Data for Adult Specialist Palliative Care Services in The Republic of Ireland, 2012-2015

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.

The work on the report was carried out in partnership with the HSE and a project steering group with support from the Irish Hospice Foundation. Full text is available  HERE OR on the Irish Hospice Foundation website http://hospicefoundation.ie/?page_id=28820&preview=true

Palliative Care Services Three Year Development Framework 2017-2019

The HSE has published Palliative Care Services Three Year Development Framework 2017-2019. This is a key document for the future development of palliative care in the Republic of Ireland.

The objective of the Framework was to inform and direct the development of adult palliative care services, both generalist and specialist, in Ireland for the three-year period. In so doing, the focus of the Framework was to identify the gaps that exist in the current level of service provision and to present a set of recommendations and actions which over the duration of the Framework (and at times beyond) would seek to address these service issues / deficits, subject to available resources.


Cancer Care Strategy


The National Cancer Strategy 2017 – 2026 was published by the Department of Health outlining a vision of cancer services in Ireland. For report, click HERE

  • Chapter 1: Introduction
  • Chapter 2: Cancer in Ireland
  • Chapter 3: Strategic context
  • Chapter 4 Vision
  • Chapter 5: Prevention
  • Chapter 6: Screening
  • Chapter 7 Early diagnosis
  • Chapter 8: Providing an integrated model of care
  • Chapter 9: Getting the diagnosis right
  • Chapter 10: Getting the treatment right
  • Chapter 11: High quality, patient centred care
  • Chapter  12: Involving patients in their cancer care
  • Chapter  13: Survivorship
  • Chapter  14: Governance and management of cancer services and the role of the National Cancer Control Programme
  • Chapter 15: Research
  • Chapter 16: Workforce planning
  • Chapter 17: Delivering results: measuring performance, quality and outcomes
  • Recommendations


School for Change Agents

School for Change Agents is a 5 week online learning programme for change activists in health, social care and related sectors. It consists of five modules, handbook and study guides and is completely free. You can watch recording of the live webinars HERE

Module 1: Being a health and care agent: change starts with me

Module 2: From me to we: creating connections and building communities

Module 3: Rolling with resistance

Module 4: Making change happen

Module 5: Moving beyond the edge