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21/04/2017

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Co-production needs to take us out of our comfort zone in order to work

Co-production should be both straightforward and challenging. We should be outside our comfort zones, moving away from 'us' and 'them' and working towards 'we'. Read what Fiona McLaughlin has to share on what makes co-production work.

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14/04/2017

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Stay safe if you’re camping this Easter

As the Easter weekend gets underway, many people will be heading off to campsites to spend the holidays under canvas or in caravans and motorhomes.

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07/04/2017

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Health care services falling short for people with Huntingdon’s disease

Sorcha McGuinness is Chief Executive of the Huntingdon’s Disease Association Northern Ireland, which provides information, advice and support to patients and carers impacted by Huntington’s disease in Northern Ireland.

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31/03/2017

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We’re In This Together

On Wednesday (29 March) we held our second – and largest - Membership event. In fact, we were overwhelmed with the response from members wishing to attend and filled the Great Hall at Belfast City Hall to capacity with 400 members from all across Northern Ireland.

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24/03/2017

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‘I fought the demons inside my head every day’

The second of AWARE volunteer Cliona McCarney’s two-part blog on her battle with depression. Last week, Cliona realised that the weight of the world on her shoulders was literally killing her.

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16/03/2017

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‘I was tangled up in a web of my own lies’

Cliona McCarney is a volunteer with AWARE – the national depression charity for Northern Ireland. In a two-part blog, she speaks candidly about her descent into depression.

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10/03/2017

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Singing Therapy Hits the Right Note

Before I retired, I worked as a mental health nurse teacher with a special interest in older people. I taught in the classroom and in care settings.

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03/03/2017

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No Smoking Day 2017

Michael Walsh, Community Pharmacist at Walsh’s Pharmacy, Warrenpoint

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23/02/2017

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I believed in myself

All this week, the media has been giving special coverage on the experiences of disabled people in the workforce and as consumers. One interviewee said employers were “missing a trick” because people with a learning disability or disability are resilient, flexible and good at problem-solving because they have had to be. Hear what Gerard from the PCC has to say on this.

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17/02/2017

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Health Minister’s Plan to Cut Waiting Times

Last week, Health Minister Michelle O’Neill published a document that describes the plan to transform the delivery of elective care services across Northern Ireland.

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10/02/2017

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Shaping the Future of Emergency Care

We all want a high-quality health service that keeps on getting better. We all want a more equal society where health inequalities are reduced. We all want the NHS to be there for us in an emergency.

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02/02/2017

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Join Forces In The Fight Against Cancer

Tomorrow is World Cancer Day. It is a day when millions of people across the globe unite in the fight to combat the disease and raise vital funds for life-saving research. It is also a time when many people - like me - will reflect on the loss of a loved one to this disease.

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27/01/2017

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Funding For Specialist Drugs

New drugs are being developed all the time. The healthcare that we receive today has been transformed by these medications, with people living full lives with what were once debilitating and life-limiting conditions. What were once considered radical, pioneering treatments are now very much part of routine use.

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20/01/2017

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We Need Your Help To Shape Adult Services

Improvements in health, diet and preventative care means that people in Northern Ireland are living longer. This is good news. However, the care and support services that are intended to help people to live an independent, healthy, active and inclusive lifestyle need to be reformed in order to meet the future needs of an increasing ageing population.

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13/01/2017

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#STILLME

It is estimated there are 19,000 people living with dementia in the north of Ireland, but only some 13,000 have received a formal diagnosis. Looking ahead it’s expected that by 2051 there will be around 60,000 people with dementia.

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30/12/2016

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It'll be lonely this Christmas (and next year)

Is loneliness an epidemic for our times?

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23/12/2016

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Look After Yourself This Christmas

It is always reassuring to know that help is at hand should you need health and social care services during the festive season – whether it’s because you feel flu-like symptoms coming on or are experiencing a medical emergency.

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16/12/2016

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Home Treatment During a Mental Health Crisis

I work in the Personal and Public Involvement Team coordinating the fieldwork for some of the Patient and Client Council’s projects. This year, one of my tasks was to find out what people think about the Mental Health Home Treatment Service.

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09/12/2016

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Healthcare services must keep up with how we manage the rest of our lives

The pace of change in how we live our lives has never been greater. Smartphones, as we now know them, only came on the market around the time the Patient and Client Council was established in 2009. Today, seven out of 10 of us now own one.

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