Hiqa claims staff at Ballinamore unit need more training

The Health Information and Quality Authority has claimed that staff at Ballinamore Community Nursing Unit aren’t well enough trained in a number of areas.

The health watchdog today released its first inspection report on the new €6-million nursing home, which caters for 20 residents and will be officially opened on Monday.

Hiqa’s report on the new unit was mainly positive, with the newly built premises described as warm and comfortably decorated.


Four outcomes were deemed to be compliant, but some issues were identified.

The one moderate noncompliance related to the safety and safeguarding of residents, with the watchdog claiming staff weren’t properly trained in managing violence and aggression.

Hiqa also claims all staff hadn’t completed training in caring for older people with a cognitive impairment or dementia.

Although it was found that there was a policy in place regarding restraint management, involving the use of bedrails and lap belts, Hiqa claims residents’ capacity to make decisions and give consent requires review.

About five of them had sensor alarms, with a clip attached to their clothing, because they were considered to be at high risk of falling.

Yet Hiqa claims consent hadn’t been obtained for wearing a restrictive monitoring device.

In response, the HSE says chair-alarms will no longer be attached to residents’ clothing, with all staff told to cease this practice.

Hiqa also raised concerns about staff’s lack of training in safe-moving and handling skills, which the HSE says will be addressed by refresher training.