The Health Information and Quality Authority (HIQA), based in Dublin (Ireland), is an independent authority established to drive high-quality and safe care for people using health and social care services in Ireland. Reporting to the Minister for Health and engaging with the Minister for Children and Youth Affairs, HIQA’s role is to develop standards, inspect and review health and social care services and support informed decisions on how services are delivered.
Areas of Intervention
- Children and young people
- Children at risk of social exclusion
- Older people
- People with addiction
- People with physical disabilities
- People with mental disabilities
- Mental health
- Public Health
- Foster care
- Conducting inspections
Promoting the importance of evidence-based standards in children’s social services
Deirdre Connolly is a Standards Development Lead of the Standards Team at the Health Information and Quality Authority (HIQA) in Ireland. She spoke to us about the importance of evidence-based standards that are informed by deep and ongoing engagement both with people using health and social care services, and those involved in their design and delivery.