Our extensive Audit Tool is provided by e mail or on a Disc.

You are obliged to:

  • Carry out an annual review against the standards
  • Monitor the quality of care and experience of the residents in your care
  • Clearly demonstrate improvement and corrective action plans
  • Address areas requiring improvement
  • Respond to findings with appropriate action
  • Monitor care planning on at least a three monthly basis
  • Collect data on an extensive range of issues for the purpose of continuous improvement
  • Use best practice and ethical principles

The HIQA AUDIT TOOL  also includes:

  • Audit procedure
  • Corrective Action Requests
  • Audit Schedule
  • Weekly Data Collection
  • “How to Audit”
  • The HIQA Standards require  that audits are carried out in your  home:
  • Under  Standard 30: Quality Assurance and Continuous Improvement

The quality of care and experience of the residents are monitored and developed on an ongoing basis.”

  • Under Standard 30.4  “Research, quality assurance and audit is carried out by the residential care setting in accordance with best practice and ethical principles”

This Tool conducts an audit of:

  • The Health Act 2007
  • The HIQA Standards 2009
  • Best Practice

The Audit tool ensures compliance with HIQA and the law

  • The tool ensures that staff are following procedures
  • Included in the Package is:
  • Policy and Procedure on Auditing
  • A Booklet on How to Audit
  • An Audit Schedule Template
  • Data Collection Form


Statement of Purpose and Function
Staff Files
Residents’ Files
Other Records
Consultation and participation
Privacy & Dignity
Civil, Political and Religious rights
Contract of Care
Protection of Vulnerable Adults
The Residents’ Finances
Assessment of Resident Needs
Residents’ Care Plan  (as required by Standards     See Detailed Audit Page56)
Health Promotion
Health Care
Medication Management
Medication Monitoring & Review
End of Life Care of Resident
Autonomy & Independence of Residents
Routines and Expectations
Meals and Mealtimes
Social Contacts for Residents
Responding to behaviour that is challenging
The Use of Physical Restraint  (See Major Audit  Page 50)
Staffing Level & Qualifications
Training & Supervision
Physical Environment
Health & Safety
Fire Safety        (See Major Audit  Page 93)  
Hygiene And Control of Infection (See Major Audit  Page 86)
Operational Management
Purpose and Function
Management Systems
Quality Assurance & Continual Improvement
Financial Procedures
Register and Residents’ Records
Physical Restraint  of a Resident Major Audit
Falls Prevention
Residents’ Care Plans  Major Audit
Staff Training
Risk Assessment Appendix B Clinical Risk Assessment
Missing Person
Environmental Risk Assessment General
Environmental Risk – Staff Training
Chemicals/ Blood Borne Diseases
Violence/ Stress
Lighting / Ventilation/Windows
Protective Equipment
Water and Surface Temp/Electrical Safety
Kitchen Safety
Infection Control
Moving & Handling of Residents
Fire Management
Nutritional Management  (Major Audit)
Management of Skin Care and Pressure Sores  (Major Audit)



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The Risk Assessment Procedures are based on HIQA requirements to carry out clinical risk assessments.

Our Clinical Risk Assessment Tool provides the carer with an indebt analysis and solution to problems with high risk residents. It takes up the care planning where the resident has been identified as being of high risk by the more commonly used assessment tools such as “Mini Mental”, “Canard” , “Waterlow” etc. Once the resident has been identified as being of high risk our tool kicks in and provides the carer with all the information they need to develop relevant and appropriate Care Plans, thus ensuring that the resident receives the maximum possible  care.

This tool sets out

  • clear clinical definitions of  the problem

  • the potential problems  and the associated risks

  • It sets out how the nurse should conduct an assessment in a proper clinically correct manner ensuring that all relevant issues are explored

  • It provides a typical Care Plan for each of the 22 risks

  • The 22 risks are regarded as the key clinical  risks to residents in a nursing home.


Hennessy & Associates have an outstanding reputation for providing exceptional and first-rate Policies and Procedures. Procedures are essential for standardised delivery of care and service in the  nursing home and is a legal requirement for maintaining centre registration.

Procedures set out the correct manner to carry out important  care processes in the home. The procedure identifies who, when, what, how and where.

The need to understand your  processes is core to the provision of a safe and high quality service. By documenting the processes in the form of policies and procedures staff  can be trained and understand different aspects of each process.

Hennessy & Associates can provide, up to date, the “Schedule 5” Policies and procedures as required by the Health Act 2007. In addition we have a library of Policies and Procedures concerning many aspects of care and nursing home management.

We can provide procedures in a generic form or we can tailor them to your specific need. All our clinical procedures are evidence based and will be provided with a full bibliography supporting their provenance.

Apart from the Schedule 5 Policies and Procedures, Hennessy & Associates can provide, for example,  the following P&P’s.

  • Auditing
  • The Quality Management System
  • Restraint
  • Falls prevention
  • Protective Disclosure
  • Infection Control
  • Fire Management
  • Staff Appraisal

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