The HSE has formed an immediate action plan after an unannounced inspection at the Ballytrim House care centre in Raphoe.
The inspection found no non-compliances at the centre, but identified that improvements were needed in terms of the new compliance plan.
Controversy over governance and oversight of HSE centres in Co. Donegal in the wake of the Brandon Report led to a review of all HSE centres in the county this year. In response to the findings of this review, the HSE submitted a compliance plan to ensure sustained compliance with the regulations.
Inspectors have now commenced a programme of inspections to verify whether these actions have been implemented as set out by the HSE in centres across Donegal.
Ballytrim House provides residential care and support to seven adults with a disability. Residents are supported night and day by a staff team of both nursing and care staff.
During an inspection on 26th May, the inspector examined ten regulations. Four regulations were identified as compliant including Staffing, Communication, Food and Nutrition and Health Care The six remaining regulations were identified as substantially compliant which were Training & Staff Development, Governance and Management, Risk Management Procedures, Individual Assessment and personal plan and Positive Behaviour Support and Protection.
In response to the report publication today, the HSE said thay an immediate action plan was returned to the Regulator to address all areas of substantial compliance. Actions have been taken to address substantial compliances in the centre, including the following:
- All staff training deficits identified have now been completed.
- A revised annual audit schedule has now been implemented within the centre.
- A review of both the centres and individual residents risk assessments has been undertaken.
- Residents Behaviour Support plans have been reviewed by the relevant MDT members.
A spokesperson said: “The HSE will continue to work to ensure that robust governance, quality and safety arrangements are in place within the centre to ensure high quality services are provided to all residents.”
The full report is available at: https://www.hiqa.ie/system/files?file=inspectionreports/2523-ballytrim-house-26-may-2022.pdf