What are QuADS Organisational Standards?
The Quality in Alcohol and Drugs Services (QuADS) Organisational Standards are the quality standards approved by the HSE for addiction services in Ireland. Originally developed in the UK, QuADS Organisational Standards have been adapted for Irish addiction services. The QuADS Organisational Standards are available in a manual which is intended to be used as both a guide and a review tool for drug and alcohol services engaged in developing quality standards in their organisation.
Where can I download QuADS Organisational Standards?
Click here  to access the latest version of the QuADS Organisational Standards and accompanying spreadsheet which can be used to track progress through the standards.
How do I use QuADS Organisational Standards?
Find out more about how to use the QuADS Organisational Standards manual here 
Where can I access resources and support if I use QuADS?
The aim of the Quality Standards Support Project (QSSP) is to develop and promote quality standards for addiction services; and to support organisations in implementing quality standards in their services. The QSSP have a number of resources available on www.drugs.ie/quality to support services using the QuADS Organisational Standards:
Please note, the Quality Standards Support Project do not have a role in monitoring engagement with the standards or validating the evidence provided that standards are being met.
Is there training available to help me implement quality standards in my organisation?
Quality Champions Training aims to give the learner the skills they will need to champion quality improvement in their service. Quality Champions Training is delivered online through Moodle in a series of multimedia based learning modules. The training is accessed through a unique log in and is free. All the learner needs to participate is a PC or laptop with internet access and basic computer skills. The modules are divided into five sessions:
Further information about Quality Champions Training can be found here 
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How to use the manual
The QuADS Organisational Standards manual can be used to assess a service against the core standards; and against applicable standards from the ‘service specific’ and ‘target group’ standards sections.
The organisation can use the manual to self-assess their service internally against the core standards and against applicable standards from the service specific and targeted standards section.
It is suggested that one person in the organisation take responsibility for coordinating the self-review.
Suggested steps in the self-review process:
The manual can be used for peer review, which involves another similar organisation (e.g. agencies in a particular area, particular service types) reviewing and evaluating your service against the standards. This method is more objective than self-review. However, other factors – such as having the service open to assessment by potential ‘competitors’ – should be taken into consideration.
External independent evaluation
The manual can be used for external independent monitoring and assessment. Independent assessment involves a review by an independent body of the evidence provided against criteria met, partially met, and unmet – and a review of planned action to address gaps in quality provision. Ultimately, independent monitoring and assessment could be linked to the funding of services.