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Fans of the original Star Trek sci-fi series will recall Dr Leonard ‘Bones’ McCoy using a handheld scanning device to instantly diagnose medical conditions. Back in the 1960s, the Medical Tricorder was simply the stuff of fantasy. Today, similar technology is a reality and its development is happening right on our doorstep, led by Professor James McLaughlin OBE. Ulster University lecturer, Dr Philip Catherwood, who heads up the Internet of Medical Things team seeking next-generation patient-centric healthcare solutions, tells us about some recent developments.
There is a real need to have a clear plan about how we provide social care in Northern Ireland in the future, particularly for our elderly. Growing concern among members of the public about the ability of our Health and Social Care Trusts to provide adequate care for older people was reflected in our latest People’s Priorities report.
The Patient and Client Council recently hosted a Healthy Minds workshop in Belfast. More than 150 people attended the day-long event, which included people with a learning disability, carers and healthcare professionals. The aim of the workshop was to give people with a learning disability an opportunity to share their experiences of mental health problems or illness. Service-user Jean Hale talked about coping with depression.
The Health and Social Care Board is currently holding a 13-week pre-consultation on stroke services in Northern Ireland to listen to a wide range of views from service users, staff, key partners and the general public. Registered nurse Rosemary Patton from Belfast was a full-time carer for her father who suffered a stroke. She says changes to stroke services can only happen if people make their voices heard.
The Nursing and Midwifery Council regulates nurses and midwives in the UK. Its core purpose is to protect the public, and it needs your help with an important piece of work that has the potential to touch all of us who experience nursing care.
In Northern Ireland, there are 31,000 people who are blind or partially sighted and this is set to rise as the population ages.
The Royal College of Occupational Therapists has launched its second substantive report, ‘Living, Not Existing: Putting prevention at the heart of care for older people in Northern Ireland’ as part of its Improving Lives Saving Money campaign to tackle unprecedented pressure on the social care system.
We recently featured a blog by the Patient Information Forum’s Claire Murray about why it’s so important for people to have easy access to good quality health information. If that’s the case then why, asks Sean Brown, are so many healthcare professionals using terminology that is utterly meaningless to service users?
South Eastern Health and Social Care Trust and its Volunteer Peer Advocacy Service were the recent winners of the Patient and Client Council Excellence in Co-Production Awards. As part of Co-production Week (03-07 July) Martin Logue tells of his journey to accessing the service which, in turn, has enabled him to become part of the Peer Advocacy Service.
Health Information Week runs from 3-9 July with the aim of promoting good quality health information to support patients, service users and the public. Claire Murray of the Patient Information Forum (PIF) explains why this is so important.
The Department of Health has launched a public consultation on the future of the continuing healthcare policy in Northern Ireland and is seeking the public’s views on this important subject.
DisabledGo.com was established more than 14 years ago with a mission to maximise independence and choice for disabled people and their carers in accessing their local area and the places we all want to visit.
Catherine Brown wanted to become a speech therapist after finishing a degree in English and Linguistics at Queen’s University. But after spending the summer in America looking after young people with a learning disability she realised that her true vocation lay elsewhere. Now coming to the end of her first year studying for a nursing degree, Catherine tells us why it is a real privilege to be a student nurse