Registered centres

Registered providers of designated centres for children and adults with disabilities

On 1 November 2013, HIQA gained the legal power to begin regulation of designated centres for people with disabilities. The legislation that gave HIQA this power (Section 69 of the Health Act 2007) stated that each designated centre for people with disabilities must inform us about its existence within 6 months of this date of commencement. Under the legislation, HIQA is also required to keep a register, or list, of information about each centre which is available to the public here.

Each entry on the register shows the type of service provided by the centre; either: centre for adults, children or mixed (adults and children) and the county in which the centre is located.  The register also shows the name of the provider organisation and the county where the provider organisation is located.

In the interest of protecting potentially vulnerable adults and children with disabilities, the addresses of designated centres for people with disabilities, including children with disabilities, are not included on the register.

Registered providers of residential services for older people

Residential services for older people, including nursing homes, are only allowed to operate if they are registered with us. All designated residential services for older people are legally obliged to register with us under Section 49 of the Health Act 2007. Registration may be granted with conditions, and designated centres will only be allowed to operate under these conditions of registration. (See the full list of information each centre must provide.) These centres are inspected regularly to ensure they maintain a high level of care to the residents and comply with the regulations made by the Department of Health and Children.

The Authority currently has a phased three-year programme of registration. The registration schedule is based on a number of factors including (but not exclusively), the expiry date of current registration certificates and how recently the last non-registration inspection occurred. Every centre undergoes an inspection visit as part of the registration process. Other inspections may take place prior to this or inspections may take place following a change in circumstances, for example a change of senior management or receipt of a concern regarding the safety or well-being of residents.

Registers of Designated Centres for Older People

When designated centres for older people are registered under the Health Act 2007, their details are added to the appropriate register.

Once registered, the following information is recorded on the register:

  • the registration number assigned to the designated centre
  • the name, address and phone number of the designated centre
  • the name, address and phone number of the registered provider
  • the company registration office number (if applicable)
  • the name and phone number of the person in charge
  • the name and phone number of each person participating in the management of the centre
  • the number of residents who can be accommodated at the centre
  • the registration conditions attached to the registration of the centre
  • the date of registration and the date on which the registration expires (registration is for a period of three years)
  • any legal requirements, such as notice of closure under Article 9 of the Health Act 2007 (Registration for Designated Centres for Older People) Regulations 2015.