RQIA registers and inspects a wide range of health and social care services. Our inspections are based on minimum care standards which will ensure that both the public and the service providers know what quality of services is expected.
RQIA also has a role in assuring the quality of services provided by Health and Social Care (HSC) Board, HSC trusts agencies, to ensure that every aspect of care reached the standards laid down by the Department of Health, and expected by the public.
Under the Health and Social Care (Reform) Act (NI) 2009, RQIA undertakes a range of responsibilities for people with a mental illness and those with a learning disability.
RQIA inspects a range of health and social care services. Our inspectors visit nursing and residential care homes and children's homes to examine all aspects of the care provided, to guarantee the comfort and dignity of those using the facilities, and ensure public confidence in these services.
We are responsible for the inspection of a range of other bodies including hospitals and clinics, and nursing agencies.
RQIA reviews provide assurance to the public about the quality, safety and availability of health and social care services in Northern Ireland. Our reviews aim to encourage continuous improvements om health and social care services and ensure the rights of service users are safeguarded.
- health and social care providers
- members of the public
You can access a range of guidance documents and frequently asked questions in this section of the website.
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Care Standards for Nursing Homes - April 2015 (896.72 kb)
Residential_Care_Home_Minimum_Standards_-_August_2011 (534.17 kb)
Domiciliary_Care_Agencies_Minimum_Standards_-_August_2011 (385.78 kb)
Day_Care_Settings_Minimum_Standards_-_January_2012 (472.91 kb)
Nursing_Agencies_Minimum_Standards_-_July_2008 (216.45 kb)
Residential_Family_Centre_Minimum_Standards_-_April_2011 (410.38 kb)
Minimum_Standards_for_Dental_Care_and_Treatment, March_2011 (226.92 kb)
Children_Homes_Standards - April 2014 (850.73 kb)
Minimum Standards for Independent Healthcare Establishments, July 2014 (674.36 kb)
Quality Standards for Health and Social Care
The Quality Standards for Social Work and Rehabilitation in Sensory Support Services (112.79 kb)