Consultations

 We believe that everyone has a role in driving safer better care, so in carrying out our work we want to hear from all our stakeholders, the general public, patients, service users, service providers, and those working in the health and social care sectors as to how we can improve services for all.

We recognise that it is only through consulting with all those who have an interest in or are concerned about health and social care services, that we can achieve our aims of improving Ireland’s health and social care services.

Through our consultations we seek to achieve an accurate understanding of what is important to people and ensure that all our stakeholders are clear on our role, the work we do and the real impact it has on people’s lives.

By adopting an inclusive approach, and consulting in the most appropriate way, we can:

  • work more effectively to meet the needs of our stakeholders
  • drive safety in health and social care
  • achieve our organisational objectives towards safer, better, care

Our consultation programmes are designed to make it as easy as possible for people to give us their views and collaborate with us. For example, we produce draft standards for consultation, so anyone who has an interest in them can give their views - whether online, pen and paper or in person. This feedback is then used to inform our final standards.

The Authority is a member of the Health and Social Care Regulatory forum which published guidelines for consultation.

Current consultations

Public consultation on HTA of public access defibrillation

We are undertaking a health technology assessment (HTA) of public access defibrillation in Ireland. A draft report describing the results of the assessment is being made available for public consultation prior to being finalised. The consultation period will last until 17 October 2014.

Public Consultation on Draft national standards for special care units

HIQA has developed Draft national standards for special care units in preparation for changes to the legislation which governs the Authority. When the relevant changes to law are made, all special care units – run by the Child and Family Agency (Tusla), or run by a private organisation or a voluntary body – will have to be registered with HIQA.

Recent consultations

Closed - Consultation on HTA of Scheduled Gastrointestinal Procedures

Changing demographics, and the increasing prevalence of both obesity and chronic disease are placing increasing pressure on the Irish healthcare service, with demand for scheduled procedures continuing to exceed available capacity. Allocation of existing finite resources should consider equity and fairness; the needs and expectations of individual patients need to be balanced with the requirement to maximise health gain for the population.