Healthcare Inspectorate Wales (HIW) today publishes the findings of four Dignity and Essential Care Inspections (DECIs) carried out in 2013.
HIW encountered operational difficulties following the completion of these four inspections and this led to delays in putting the findings into the public domain.
The conclusions reached during these inspections were shared with Health Boards at the end of the inspection visits via verbal feedback, thus ensuring that the opportunity to learn from these inspections was not lost.
HIW has recently worked with the relevant Health Boards to ensure that an up to date picture of progress against recommendations can be provided. In order to achieve this aim, HIW has either re-visited wards and conducted follow-up inspections; obtained updated action plans from Health Boards; or a combination of the two approaches. The Health Boards have been supportive of this approach and throughout this exercise we were pleased to find that all Health Boards had acted on our findings and tracked progress against recommendations.
HIW has taken action to tackle the issue of delays issuing inspection reports. Draft reports are now issued to Health Boards within three weeks of an inspection and we aim to publish final reports within three months.
The delayed reports, which are attached to this briefing, relate to the following four Health Boards:
Aneurin Bevan University Health Board
Betsi Cadwaladr University Health Board
Cardiff and Vale University Health Board
Hywel Dda University Health Board
Source: Healthcare Inspectorate Wales (HIW)