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A lot of us take for granted the information we receive from the hospital or our GP, such as appointment letters, test results or information leaflets – but what if you’re unable to read the information you’ve been given? This week Paula Beattie, Policy and Campaigns Manager at RNIB tells us the difficulties blind and partially sighted people in Northern Ireland have with health information and what they think needs to be done about it.
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’.
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.
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.
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.
Earlier this year, Nigel Warburton, Project Co-Ordinator with the Patient and Client Council began working with people with a learning disability and their carers, who identified annual health checks as being crucial to their overall wellbeing. Now, he’s trying to find out more about what impact the health check is having on people’s lives.
Dr. Shopitha Sivaranjan shares the impact of personal experience on her work as a doctor.
Age Sector Platform Chief Executive, Eamonn Donaghy, explains what older people have told the organisation about charging for domiciliary care, prescriptions and non-emergency patient transport, and how Age Sector Platform are using that information to inform the Government.
While it has been widely reported that waiting times continue to grow, there has been little focus on the lived experiences of people who are waiting for sometimes urgent and life-saving care. This week saw the launch of “Our lived experience of waiting for healthcare – People in Northern Ireland share their story”. Chief Executive, Maeve Hully explains more.
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