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We all know how important it is for people to get more involved in Health and Social Care – but what support is available for those that do get involved? This week, Claire Fordyce from the Public Health Agency is telling us about their new bursary scheme for service users and carers.
Social isolation is a growing problem facing our elderly population here in Northern Ireland. Increasing rent and the affordability of housing also presents challenges to the younger members of our society. In our blog this week, Frank Johnston from SharedLivesPlus explains their novel solution to both of these issues…
This week, people around the world marked World Mental Health Day - an important day to reflect upon our changing attitudes to illnesses such as depression. We have come a long way, but we also have a long way to go in reducing stigma and encouraging more people to be open about depression and not to feel ashamed or embarrassed. Michelle Byrne from the Northern Ireland depression charity, AWARE, looks at the recent increase in adults being diagnosed with depression and explores the reasons as to why this could be.
There is a growing body of evidence that using animals to assist in therapy and learning can have positive and lasting benefits for patients. In our blog this week, Robert Huey, Chief Veterinary Officer for Northern Ireland tells us more about equine assisted therapy and learning and what he is doing to promote people’s awareness of it.
The cost of funerals has been growing over recent years causing additional stress and strain on families trying to cope with bereavement. In our blog this week, Craig Harrison from Marie Curie tells us what they are doing to campaign against funeral poverty.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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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