Healthcare Inspectorate Wales (HIW) is the independent inspectorate of the NHS and regulator of independent healthcare in Wales. This annual report highlights key findings from HIW's regulation, inspection and review of healthcare services in Wales. It demonstrates how HIW carried out its functions and outlines the number of inspections and quality checks it undertook during 2021-22.
During 2021-22, the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic continued to put intense pressure on healthcare services and required HIW to adapt its processes and approach to its work. This report outlines how HIW introduced new ways of working to ensure it discharged its statutory functions, whilst being as flexible and adaptable as possible to avoid putting undue pressure on health services. The report describes HIW's progress against its four strategic priorities:
- To maximise the impact of our work to support improvement in healthcare
- To take action when standards are not met
- To be more visible
- To develop our people and our organisation to do the best job possible
It also details HIW's spending and performance against specific objectives for 2021-22.