A guide to Northern Ireland's regulator, RQIA, and the information you can use to inform discussions with your consultant.

The RQIA is an independent body responsible for monitoring and inspecting the availability and quality of health and social care services in Northern Ireland, and encouraging improvements in the quality of those services. It grades the hospitals and clinics it inspects with one of four ratings.

Among its responsibilities, the RQIA is regulates (which includes registration and inspection) establishments and agencies delivering health and social care services including independent clinics and independent hospitals.

When assessing providers, is looks to establish:

  • Is care safe?
  • Is care effective?
  • Is care compassionate?
  • Is the service well led?

Visit the RQIA website for more information.

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