Interim Standards for New Directions

The New Directions National Implementation Group have agreed to progress the implementation of the Interim Standards using a continuous quality improvement approach.

The Implementation of the Interim Standards will involve Self Evaluation in the first instance.  The purpose of Self Evaluation is to explore and reflect with all stakeholders (people using the service, staff and management) and to report on the effectiveness and quality of the supports being provided under New Directions.

Evaluation, Action and Service Improvement (EASI)

EASI is a Self Evaluation process by each service location provider and is a fundamental part of continuous quality improvement process and key to the delivery of the New Directions policy.  The aim of the EASI process is to produce a constructive report which will help each service location provider to maintain and improve the quality of its services and supports under New Directions.  For details on HSE funded Adult Disability Day Service Locations by Community Healthcare Organisation click here

Review of EASI Process Report

The Review of Evaluation Action and Service Improvement (EASI) Report  contains the information captured at review meetings in each CHO and will further inform the process for the roll out of the remaining Interim Standard's Themes both locally and nationally.  The review meetings were held in October and November 2018.  The annual report for Theme 1 is to be returned from all day service locations by 31st May 2019.

Next Steps

  • An Interim Standards Subgroup representative of all day service providers within each CHO has been established.
  • Each HSE funded adult day service location are completing Theme 1 Steps 1 and 2 and Actions at Step 3 of the EASI process.    
  • Progress has been reviewed on the implementation of the EASI process with all CHO areas.
  • Action Plans are being progressed and updated on a regular basis.
  • Step 4 - Review - to be completed by all service locations is May 2019.
  • The EASI process will extend to the remaining six themes in the Interim Standards by 2020.
  • CHO Briefing Sessions for the EASI Process and Tool are being held on 27th May, 28th May and 6th June 2019.  Following the briefing sessions all documentation will be available from week commencing 10th of June 2019.

Further Information

Review of Evaluation Action and Service Improvement (EASI) Report

Interim Standards for New Directions Report.

Easy to Read - Interim Standards for New Directions

Guidelines for EASI Process and Tool

EASI Process and Tool Theme 1-7

Easy to Read Guide for the EASI Process and Tool

Easy to Read Checklist - How is your service doing

Note - EASI Tool Excel support document is currently being updated

Alignment of the New Directions 12 Supports with the Interim Standards

Alignment of National Outcomes Framework for Disability Services with the Interim Standards New Directions

Theme 1 Standards and Features

Theme 2 Standards and Features

Theme 3 Standards and Features

Theme 4 Standards and Features

Theme 5 Standards and Features

Theme 6 Standards and Features

Theme 7 Standards and Features