Healthcare Inspectorate Wales (HIW) will continue with its adapted approach to assurance and inspection until at least March 2021.
According to HIW, the decision follows positive feedback on our adapted approach to assurance and inspection as well as the continued pressures that services face due to the COVID-19 pandemic
HIW says that Quality Check COVID-19 updates will be published later this month, and in February followed by a full report in April 2021.
HIW Quality Checks, have been conducted entirely offsite and focus on three areas;
- infection prevention and control
- governance (specifically around staffing)
- the environment of care.
Between mid-August and the end of November, and across the NHS and independent sectors, HIW conducted 57 Quality Checks, published 43 summary findings reports and issued two immediate assurance letters. There were also a small number of onsite inspections where there were indications of imminent risk to patient safety.
Further information on HIW can be found in its Operational Plan 2020-21.