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21-Sep-2018

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My Mum and Dementia

Today is World Alzheimer’s Day and around the world people are raising awareness of the condition and sharing their experiences. In this week’s blog Diane Lowry tells us the story of her mum Margaret and shares some advice on what can make a real difference to people living with dementia.

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14-Sep-2018

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Take a Minute

Monday 10th September was World Suicide Prevention Day 2018. In our blog this week Peter McBride, CEO of Inspire, tells us about their Take a Minute campaign and how we all have a part to play in suicide prevention.

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07-Sep-2018

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Palliative Care, Because Every Moment Matters

Palliative Care Week 2018 begins on Sunday and in our blog this week, Brendan O’Hara from the All Ireland Institute of Hospice and Palliative Care explains why it is so important to raise people’s awareness and understanding of palliative care.

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31-Aug-2018

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Launch of the co-production guide

This afternoon the Department of Health has launched their new Co-production guide. In our blog this week Chief Nursing Officer, Charlotte McArdle tells us the importance of this document and what it means for our Health and Social Care services.

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24-Aug-2018

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The importance of good nutrition in preventative healthcare

In recent years a greater focus has been placed on the importance of supporting and educating people to make positive lifestyle changes. By living healthy, active lives people reduce their risk of developing disease and long-term conditions later in life. Jill Curry is the Dietetics Services Manager in the Northern Health and Social Care Trust and she explains how dietitians play a vital role in preventative healthcare.

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17-Aug-2018

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The Acute Co-Production Partnership

In October 2016, ‘Health and Wellbeing 2026 - Delivering Together’ outlined the Department of Health’s full commitment to adopting a co-production approach to achieve the necessary changes required to deliver the world class health and social care services people deserve. In this week’s blog Acute Involvement Coordinator Ashley Steele tells us what the Northern HSC Trust is doing to realise this vision.

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10-Aug-2018

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Self-directed support

The 2017 ‘Power to the People’ report contains a series of proposals to ‘reboot’ adult social care here in Northern Ireland. Amongst them there is a strong focus on having more person-centred, personalised social care services. Self-directed support is seen as one way of doing this – but what difference is it making to those that use it? In this week’s blog Maeve Hully wants to encourage those who have experience of it to share their views.

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03-Aug-2018

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The rise of CCTV in monitoring care

People who receive care in their own homes, or in a residential or nursing care facility are often very vulnerable. Some people are taking steps to monitor their loved one’s care by using hidden cameras. In this week’s blog, Ann Gamble, a service user and member of the PCC’s Membership Scheme speaks of the need to have a sensible discussion around the use of CCTV and hidden cameras in the monitoring of people’s care.

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27-Jul-2018

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The issue of rural isolation

Roughly a third of people in Northern Ireland live in rural areas and it is known that these people are more likely to suffer higher levels of loneliness and social exclusion than their urban counterparts. This week James Speers, President of the Young Farmers’ Clubs of Ulster (YFCU) and Ambassador for Rural Wellbeing with Inspire shares his thoughts on the issue of social isolation and identifies some of the opportunities within rural communities to tackle this problem.

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19-Jul-2018

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Just what the doctor ordered?

Social prescribing is the new big thing in health. So what is it, why is so much money being ploughed into it, does it represent good value for money and what difference does it make? This week Nick Garbutt, editor of ScopeNI shares his thoughts on the topic.

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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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