Registered centres

The information on this page relates to designated centres for older people (nursing homes). From November 2013, the Authority will begin to maintain a register of designated centres for people with disabilities. In the interim and in accordance with Section 69 of the Health Act 2007, we will publish a list of known designated centres. For more information on this, please contact us.

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. There are two registers provided for under the relevant regulations. These are:

A register of designated centres which meet the definition for a nursing home (this definition is contained in section 2 of the Health (Nursing Homes) Act 1990). This register contains the details of nursing homes operated by private providers and some voluntary bodies.

A register of all other designated centres for older people. This register contains the details of residential centres for older people operated by the Health Service Executive (HSE) and by voluntary organisations which receive funding from the HSE.

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

  • the name and the address of the centre
  • the organisation name and organisation type. The organisation type may be an individual, partnership, company, body established under the Health Acts 1947 to 2008 or a body established under the Health (Corporate Bodies) Act 1961
  • the name of the registered provider. This can either be an individual, all partners (where the registered provider is a partnership) or all directors (where the registered provider is a company). It can also  be the name of the governing body, such as the Health Service Executive (where the registered provider is a body established under the Health Acts 1947 to 2008) or a body established under the Health (Corporate Bodies) Act 1961 or all members of the committee of management or other controlling authority (where the registered provider is an unincorporated body).
  • the conditions attached to the registration of the centre. All designated centres will be registered with conditions.  These are called registration conditions and are used to describe and define the service provided at the centre. Designated centres will be registered under two categories of conditions, general conditions and specific conditions.  Service providers cannot operate outside the conditions of registration.
  • the name of the person in charge
  • the maximum number of residents who can be accommodated
  • the maximum number of residents who will be accommodated
  • the date of registration - date on which the registration of the centre is to take effect.  Registration is for a period of three years
  • any legal requirements, such as notice of closure under Article 10 of the Health Act 2007 (Registration for Designated Centres for Older People) Regulations 2009.