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It is a function of the Chief Inspector of Social Services, as part of the Health Information and Quality Authority, to provide a register of services that have been registered for the public, and to monitor those services against regulations and standards. This registration and monitoring function underpins our mission to drive high quality and safe care for people using our health and social services.

To do this, the Authority gathers information, carries out inspections and makes judgments about whether a centre should be registered. In so doing, it assesses the people involved in management of the centre and the factors that affect the quality of life and quality of care of the people who stay there: this includes staffing, the physical premises and a range of other factors set out in the regulations and standards.

Once satisfied that the centre complies with the necessary regulations and standards, the Authority issues the centre with a registration certificate and enters the name of the centre on the register of designated centres.