Monday, September 25, 2017
Frontline Issue 85
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Joe Wolfe and Trevor Nesirky introduce the first in a series of articles designed to support service providers in preparing for registration and inspection by the Health Information and Quality Authority. This part focuses on preparing the management foundation and structures and ensuring that effective governance is in place, providing practical advice, rather than academic comment. It draws on reports of HIQA inspections of Older Persons’ Services and from experience of working with service providers in that area who have undergone the HIQA inspection process. Further articles will focus on preparing staff, conducting self-assessments and audits, building evidence for inspections and preparing for follow-up visits.

Introduction The Health Information and Quality Authority (HIQA) is the statutory authority with responsibility for setting standards for health and social care services and for...

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Breda Crehan-Roche traces the history of Ability West from 1962 through to the present day.

The genesis of Ability West (formerly known as The Galway County Association for Mentally Handicapped Children) occurred in 1961, when a parent Sean Keane...

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The recently published Report of Disability Policy Review is an extensive document that encompasses ideas for change in serving the needs of people with disabilities in Ireland. The principal objectives are admirable: better access to services, wider environmental accessibility and person-centred supports. The report is presented in an almost hypnotic language of positivity. But Mary de Paor remains confused, doubtful, and even cynical about some of its prescribed directions for the future.

Disability services The Policy Review criticises current Irish disability services as ‘segregated group settings’ which ‘purport to use Person-centred planning’. I have a more...

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Annie Ryan, a former president of NAMHI, remembers the devasting effect on her family when her young son was refused a placement in a psychiatric service, and reflects on the developments in mental health services over the years.

Right: St. Ita’s Psychiatric Hospital, Portrane, Co. Dublin, which was built in 1896 as an overflow facility for the Richmond Asylum in Dublin City...

Founded in 1961, Inclusion Ireland celebrates its 50th Anniversary in 2011. Inclusion Ireland CEO Deirdre Carroll reflects on 50 years of Inclusion Ireland.

The last 50 years have been a tough but incredible journey for Inclusion Ireland. The vision and pioneering spirit of the founders of NAMHI...