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Last week the PCC held a Health Information Event and a key theme that emerged was how accessible information is useful for everyone, not just those with a disability. To coincide with Learning Disability week, Mencap NI have launched their Treat Me Well campaign and Fiona Cole, their campaigns and policy officer, tells us how promoting accessible communication is just one of the ways they’re encouraging health bodies to better engage with people who have a learning disability.
The 11th-17th June is Carers Week and across the UK people are recognising the invaluable contribution that carers make to the lives of so many that depend on them – but who looks after the carers? Clare-Anne Magee is the General Manager at Carers NI and in our blog she explains how their latest report highlights the need for carers to be supported to stay healthy – both physically and mentally.
We are all aware of the pressures that health and social care services across the UK are currently facing. Whilst the Government and Health and Social Care staff are actively looking at ways of addressing the high demands placed on our services, sometimes some of the most innovative ideas come from the unlikeliest of places. Nick Garbutt is editor of ScopeNI and in our blog he recounts hearing about how sport can be used as a vehicle for highlighting some of the issues within our health services.
People who are more active, feel valued, have a network of friends and are happy to get involved in meaningful activities. Getting involved in volunteering can offer these benefits, and as Julie Cusick explains, there is a well established and growing body of evidence to support this.
At our recent Membership Event in Crumlin Road Gaol, north Belfast, we presented our Excellence in Co-production award to the winning team – South Eastern Health and Social Care Trust with its People Not Prisoners project. Team leader Barry Rooney explains what the project was all about.
This week we launched a report called: ‘The experience of living with early onset dementia - people with the condition and family members tell their story’.
The Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) has outlined plans to overhaul its approach to dealing with complaints about nurses and midwives.
Some of you will know me as Louise Skelly, Head of Operations with the Patient and Client Council, and a few will also know that I farm part time. I am a genuine countrywoman at heart and love being out in the fields. In particular, I love caring for our flock of sheep and, recently, we finished lambing.
Belfast Trust has recalled 2,500 patients following an independent review of patient notes relating to the work of Consultant Neurologist Dr Michael Watt. The action follows a review of patient notes by both the Trust and the Royal College of Physicians. The consultant is currently not treating patients.
Josephine Ocloo first got into patient involvement, as a grieving mother following the death of her 17-year old daughter, who died as a result of a failure to manage her heart condition. Not getting answers on her daughter’s care on why failures occurred and her quest for justice, led to Josephine getting involved in patient safety as a campaigner and patient activist, wanting to change the system and make it safer.
The Patient and Client Council in conjunction with the Patient Information Forum, is holding an event to explore the accessibility and availability of Health Information.
Department of Health’s Director of Communications, David Gordon gives an insight into the problems faced by the health and social care system in Northern Ireland and outlines how transformation is assisting in tackling these issues.
Quality Improvement’ or ‘QI’ can seem like just another piece of jargon, but for Gill Smith, Innovation and Quality Improvement Lead, Northern Health & Social Care Trust it’s an exciting movement happening in our Health service. An important part of improving health care is about sharing good practice - so if someone is Derry/Londonderry has changed how they do things for the better, then people in Belfast or Craigavon should be able to hear about it, so they can decide if they could make a similar change. Until now sharing that good practice has been problematic. The launch of a new website hopes to change that. Gill explains what it is, and what’s happening so far.
Nick Parkin – Senior Commissioning Manager, Mental Health and Learning Disabilities at NHS North East Hampshire and Farnham CCG, describes The Safe Haven at the Wellbeing Centre, a pioneering out-of-hours mental health crisis service.
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