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Mental Health & Learning Disability Services

RQIA has a specific responsibility to assess the health and social care services provided to people with mental ill health or a learning disability. Our responsibilities include promoting good practice; preventing ill treatment; remedying any deficiency in care or treatment; terminating improper detention in a hospital or guardianship; and preventing or redressing loss or damage to a patient’s property. We talk directly to patients and ask them about their experiences.

These views inform our wider programme of announced and unannounced inspections. Using a human rights based approach to inspection, we examine the quality of these services, and make recommendations for improvement.  You can access further information, including guidance documents, below.

To access RQIA's latest Mental Health and Learning Disability inspection reports, click here.

Revised Inspection Methodology

RQIA Annual Mental Health and Learning Disability Report

Safeguarding of Children and Vulnerable Adults in MHLD Hospitals in NI

RQIA Guidance

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