We then publish the findings of our inspection reports on our website. National Standards describe what patients and people using services should expect when they experience a healthcare service.
Our healthcare team can also investigate or carry out a service review into the safety, quality and standards of healthcare services if we believe there is a serious risk to the health and welfare of people who use healthcare services.
Under current legislation, we monitor healthcare services provided or funded by the Health Service Executive (HSE). We do not currently have a legal remit to monitor providers of private healthcare services.
Some of the different types of monitoring programmes we are currently undertaking are outlined below.