Health Information and Quality Authority (HIQA) Inspection Consultancy

Specialist Infection Prevention Training

Ensure Your Hospital is Prepared for Your Next HIQA Inspection

At Medical audits we have a team of experienced healthcare professionals including Infection Prevention Professionals with decades of experience in preparing for and delivering HIQA inspections.

We can help you ensure you are ready for your next HIQA inspection by:-

  • Development of Infection Prevention Programmes
  • Preparation of Infection Prevention Plans
  • Design of Healthcare Associated Infection (HCAI) surveillance programmes
  • Carry out ward/department based training of staff in relation to the new HIQA measurable elements
  • Carry out mock audits with staff to assist with understanding of the audit process

"In consultation with Medical Audits training division, we developed a train the trainer programme to suit our specific needs and resources.

As hygiene services co-ordinator, I can say this course comes highly recommended . We realise the outcome of the training will have a hugely positive impact on cleaning services and the standard of cleaning throughout the whole hospital.

We found the whole experience fabulous and everyone really enjoyed the expertly delivered mix of laughter, real life examples and best practice standards in the learning process"

Ann White
Hygiene Services Co-ordinator
Sligo University Hospital
Saolta University Health Care Group

Preparation of local Infection prevention Plan To Comply With HIQA

  • New HIQA recommendations (2017) require Infection Prevention and Control (IPC) teams to have detailed Infection Prevention plans that are prepared with reference to local quality and risk assessments, local audit results and surveillance data.
  • We can come on site and work with you to teach you the skills to develop your own local Infection Prevention and Control (IPC) programme and plan.
  • We will ensure you have the skills and a template so you can then update this plan going forward.

Designing local Infection Prevention and Control Programme for your HSE Hospital

  • We can assist with development of your Infection Prevention programme and advise on programme content and how to prioritise components of the programme based on local resources and local risks.
  • We can teach you how to best evidence compliance with Health Information and Quality Authority (HIQA), Care Quality Commission (CQC) and Joint Commission International (JCI) standards.

"I found the service provided by Medical Audits excellent and Ann was a joy to deal with.

I will be booking the Medical Audits service to return to do a re-audit with us once we have implemented our action plan.

I will be definitely recommending the service to colleagues."

Mairead Walsh
Marlin Park Community Nursing Unit

Designing a Surveillance Programme for healthcare associated infection (HCAI)

Hospitals' need to monitor and measure their performance using a range of Key Performance

Indicators (KPIs). These include compliance audit results for practice such as Hand hygiene and Invasive device management as well as patient outcomes such as surgical site surveillance and blood stream infection surveillance data.

We can assist you with ongoing prospective surveiilance systems.

Information About HIQA (Health Information and Quality Authority)

The Health Information and Quality Authority (HIQA) is an independent authority established in 2007 with the remit to "drive high quality and safe care for people using our health and social care services in Ireland"(HIQA, 2007)

"HIQA’s role is to develop standards, inspect and review health and social care services and support informed decisions on how services are delivered"(HIQA, 2016).


The Health Information and Quality Authority (HIQA) main aim is to ensure safe effective care, safeguarding service users and staff by assessing, licencing and guiding organisations to provide a safe and quality services where ever care is delivered.

HIQA's mandate

The Health Information and Quality Authority’s (HIQA) mandate extends across a specified range of public, private and voluntary sector services.

The Health Information and Quality Authority (HIQA) report, under Irish Legislation, to the Minister for Health and the Minister for Children and Youth Affairs. They have statutory responsibility for:

  • "Setting Standards for Health and Social Services Developing person-centred standards, based on evidence and best international practice, for health and social care services in Ireland.
  • Regulation– Registering and inspecting designated centres for disability services, elderly care and mental handicap services.
  • Monitoring Children’s Services– Monitoring and inspecting children’s social service.
  • Monitoring Healthcare Safety and Quality– Monitoring the safety and quality of health services and investigating as necessary serious concerns about the health and welfare of people who use these services.
  • Health Technology Assessment– Providing advice that enables the best outcome for people who use our health service and the best use of resources by evaluating the clinical effectiveness and cost-effectiveness of drugs, equipment, diagnostic techniques and health promotion and protection activities.
  • Health Information– Advising on the efficient and secure collection and sharing of health information, setting standards, evaluating information resources and publishing information about the delivery and performance of Ireland’s health and social care services"

(HIQA, 2017)

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