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Latest News (Updated 29 July 2015)


RQIA E-Zine Published (August 2015)

RQIA's latest E-Zine, Assurance Challenge Improvement, providing an update on the latest RQIA activities has now been published. To access this E-Zine, click here.


RQIA Review of Medicines Optimisation in Primary Care (Updated 29 July 2015)

RQIA has published the report of its Review of Medicines Optimisation in Primary Care. Northern Ireland has an ageing population, which is likely to increase the number of people with multiple medical conditions, leading to greater use of complicated medicines regimens. RQIA assessed present medicines optimisation processes in Northern Ireland, aligned to DHSSPS’s Medicines Optimisation Quality Framework for Northern Ireland, and this report makes 16 recommendations to improve medicines optimisation processes in primary care.

You can read this review report here.


Animated Summary of RQIA's Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual Exploitation (CSE) in Northern Ireland (Updated 16 June 2015)

In November 2014 the findings of the Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual Exploitation in Northern Ireland were published. During the inquiry, it was agreed that a child/young person friendly summary would be produced. Include Youth brought together a group of young people who have made a short animation on the inquiry’s key messages and contact details for help and support on CSE. Watch the animation here:


RQIA is Seeking Peer Reviewers for Acute Hospital Inspections (Updated 25 June 2015)

RQIA is currently seeking peer reviewers to join our acute hospitals inspection team who are examining the quality of services in all acute hospitals in Northern Ireland. We are seeking interest from a wide range of HSC professionals including clinicians, nursing, social workers, pharmacists and allied health professionals to join the inspection team as peer reviewers.

By taking part in inspections staff will have a chance to learn more about the way other health and social care organisations work while helping to improve the quality of services in Northern Ireland.

Closing date for applications is 28 August 2015.

For further information, and to download an application form, click here.


RQIA Publishes Review of Risk Management in Addiction Services (Updated 03 June 2015)

RQIA has just published the findings of its Independent Review of Risk Assessment and Management in Addiction Services.

During the review, RQIA audited 100 patient files and held focus groups with service users to examine risk management processes in Northern Ireland’s addiction services.

While some service users told reviewers of their positive experiences of addictions services, others complained about delays in getting timely and appropriate support and treatment, which left them at risk of further relapse.

Variation was noted within GPs referrals to addiction services, particularly in terms of the detail of the intervention by the GP and information to inform a risk assessment.

Records of service users examined by the review team indicated that half of service users with addiction problems demonstrated a history of mental ill health. These patients reported that they would receive treatment for either their addiction or their mental ill health, but not both conditions.

The review team found that less than one third of initial assessments by addiction services were completed accurately, with significant sections not completed, and limited evidence of the use of recommended psychological interventions.

However, service users reported positive experiences of treatment and support in inpatient units, with examples of support and counselling provided by trusts as part of the addiction treatment programme.

This review makes 15 recommendations to support improvements in risk assessment and risk management in addiction services.


Joint Inspection report of Woodlands Juvenile Justice Centre Announced published (Updated 29 May 2015)

The report of a joint inspection of Woodlands Juvenile Justice Centre led by the Criminal Justice Inspection, in partnership with RQIA and the Education and Training Inspectorate, is now published.

Whilst Woodlands Juvenile Justice Centre has been praised by inspectors for its role in improving the child custody system, the team found that changes are required within the centre to meet future challenges.

The report recommended steps be taken to improve the clinical leadership and governance for healthcare staff in order to maintain and improve the quality of nursing at the Bangor facility. Inspectors recognised healthcare staff’s rapport with the children, but gaps in their ability to access continuous professional development and mandatory training should be addressed.

The report makes four strategic recommendations and 27 operational recommendations for improvement.

You can read the report here.


RQIA Recruiting Peer Reviewers

In April 2014 the Health Minister outlined that, from 2015-16 onwards, RQIA should undertake a rolling programme of unannounced inspections of the quality of services in all acute hospitals in Northern Ireland.

RQIA is now seeking peer reviewers to join our inspection teams. The Deputy Chief Medical Officer is fully supportive of this approach, and asked that professionals across the HSC respond favourably to this recruitment campaign. By taking part in inspections staff will have a chance to learn more about the way other health and social care organisations work while helping to improve the quality of services in Northern Ireland.

RQIA invites interest from a wide range of HSC professionals including clinicians, nursing, social workers, pharmacists and allied health professionals to join the inspection team as a peer reviewer.

For further information and to download an application form, click here.


Mental Health Part IV Medical Practitioners

RQIA is inviting applications for Medical Practitioners to undertake second opinions in accordance with Part IV of the Mental Health Northern Ireland Order 1986. For further information on how to make an application click on the document below:

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