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11-Jul-2018

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My Health, My Business - An Accessible Health Information Standard for Northern Ireland

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.

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06-Jul-2018

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Happy Birthday NHS

Across the UK, people are celebrating the NHS' 70th birthday. This week Charlotte McArdle, Chief Nursing Officer at the Department of Health reflects on the importance of our Health and Social Care services and the difference it is making to people's lives.

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29-Jun-2018

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The Experience of Living in a Nursing Home

Learning from complaints and concerns is key to service improvement. This week Richard Dixon, Complaints Services Manager for the PCC, explains why this is particularly important for people who are cared for in nursing homes.

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22-Jun-2018

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Treat Me Well – ‘The smallest of changes make the biggest differences’

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.

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15-Jun-2018

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The importance of keeping carers healthy and connected

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.

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08-Jun-2018

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Beat the scrum!

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.

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01-Jun-2018

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Volunteering – Good for body and soul

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.

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25-May-2018

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People Not Prisoners – addressing health inequalities within the Prison Service

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.

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18-May-2018

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The experience of living with early onset dementia - Maeve Hully

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’.

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11-May-2018

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Looking forward to The Show

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.

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04-May-2018

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The Big Conversation

Maeve Hully, Chief Executive of the Patient and Client Council

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26-Apr-2018

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From tokenism to empowerment - Josephine Ocloo, (Centre for Implementation Science; King’s College London)

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.

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19-Apr-2018

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Tackling challenges in Health and Social Care – Telling the full story

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.

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12-Apr-2018

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Quality Improvement in Health and Social Care

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.

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05-Apr-2018

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The Safe Haven – working together and improving out of hours mental health crisis service

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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29-Mar-2018

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Annual health checks for people with a learning disability

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.   

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15-Mar-2018

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My patients taught me how to heal after losing my mother

Dr. Shopitha Sivaranjan shares the impact of personal experience on her work as a doctor.

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08-Mar-2018

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Charging for prescriptions and care – what older people think

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.

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01-Mar-2018

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What’s life really like on a waiting list?

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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