The purpose of a thematic programme is to drive quality improvement for older people living in residential services. A thematic programme assesses compliance against the National Standards for Residential Care Settings for Older People in Ireland (2016). Registered providers are expected to use any learning from thematic inspection reports to drive continual quality improvement which will ultimately be of benefit to the people living in designated centres for older people. The following documents are developed as part of a thematic programme:

  • Guidance Document - to assist registered providers of designated centres for older people and staff working to focus on quality improvement
  • Assessment Judgment Framework - designed for use in the thematic inspections
  • Self-Assessment Questionnaire - to aid service providers to prepare for the Chief Inspector’s thematic programme
  • Quality Improvement Plan - to be used in conjunction with the self-assessment questionnaire

Restrictive practice

Providers often struggle to balance residents’ rights to autonomy and liberty with the need to ensure the health and safety of residents. While there are circumstances where the use of restrictive practices may be unavoidable and necessary to ensure a person’s safety or the safety of others, restrictive practices are an infringement of a person’s fundamental rights to personal liberty and bodily integrity. In recognising this, services should explore all measures to reduce or eliminate their use.

Please view our guidance and all accompanying documents here, including Self-assessment tool, Quality Improvement Plan and Assessment Judgment Framework.