Health Services


About this section  

This section aims to inform people about health service therapies and disability services. 

Jargon Buster

We are campaigning for all public information to be written in plain English and accessible to all.

Here are explanations for frequently used jargon and acronyms (HSE = Health Service Executive, for example)

Health Jargon Buster

Information and Fact Sheets​

1. Assessment of Need

Applying for an assessment of your child's needs

2. Progressing Disability Services for Children and Young People

Information about services for Children and Young People

3. Cross Border Healthcare

Accessing health service in another EU state

4. The Disability Act

The Disability Act 2005 imposes significant obligations on Government Departments and on Public Bodies to work proactively towards the improvement of the quality of life of people with disabilities.

The Disability Act - Accessing your child's needs

5. Pathways to Possibilities

Exciting training course run by parents for parents alongside professionals

6. Value for Money

Report of the Value for Money and Policy Review of Disability Services in Ireland (VFM Report)

Residential and Day Services

1. Congregated Settings

Information about changes to residential services

2. 40 Questions Hiqa Ask

Introduction to the standards for residential services

3. Statement of Purpose

Every residential centre has to have a written Statement of Purpose

4. High Support Services – Quality of Care

Information on providing high-support care

5. Admission - Transfer - Discharge - from a Residential Service

Law and national standards for admission, transfer and discharge

6. The Community Living Transition Plan 2016-2018

HSE policy for reform of residential services

7. New Directions

Information about HSE policy for day services

8. Capacity Act 2015

Assisted Decision-Making Fact Sheet

9. McCoy Report 

Information and recommendations for families