The Approved Centre Regulations (ACR) are statutory regulations issued by the Department of Health and Children which govern all approved centres and are monitored by the Mental Health Commission.
The Mental Health Commission (MHC) carries out regular inspections and copies of the inspection reports are available from the MHC and on the MHC website www.mhcirl.ie/
The Hospital is a member of the Quality Network for Secure Services. The international network aims to facilitate quality improvement and change in forensic mental health settings through a supportive peer-review network. The network adopts a multi-disciplinary approach to quality improvement. Central to the network is the value of services sharing best practice. The network serves to identify areas for improvement through a culture of openness and enquiry rather than inspection or blame. Members are expected to use the results of reviews to develop action plans to achieve year on year improvement. They are also expected to share their results with key groups locally, including health and local authorities, those making referrals to their services and local user and carer groups. Annual reports are available. www.rcpsych.ac.uk
The Committee for the Prevention of Torture and Humane and Degrading Treatment also carry out inspections. Reports are available on the organisations website www.cpt.coe.int