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11/08/2017

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The appliance of science

Fans of the original Star Trek sci-fi series will recall Dr Leonard ‘Bones’ McCoy using a handheld scanning device to instantly diagnose medical conditions. Back in the 1960s, the Medical Tricorder was simply the stuff of fantasy. Today, similar technology is a reality and its development is happening right on our doorstep, led by Professor James McLaughlin OBE. Ulster University lecturer, Dr Philip Catherwood, who heads up the Internet of Medical Things team seeking next-generation patient-centric healthcare solutions, tells us about some recent developments.

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04/08/2017

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One of our top priorities should be care for the elderly

There is a real need to have a clear plan about how we provide social care in Northern Ireland in the future, particularly for our elderly. Growing concern among members of the public about the ability of our Health and Social Care Trusts to provide adequate care for older people was reflected in our latest People’s Priorities report.

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28/07/2017

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How understanding friends helped me get my life back

The Patient and Client Council recently hosted a Healthy Minds workshop in Belfast. More than 150 people attended the day-long event, which included people with a learning disability, carers and healthcare professionals. The aim of the workshop was to give people with a learning disability an opportunity to share their experiences of mental health problems or illness. Service-user Jean Hale talked about coping with depression.

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21/07/2017

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I learnt more from my father after his stroke than in my entire nursing career

The Health and Social Care Board is currently holding a 13-week pre-consultation on stroke services in Northern Ireland to listen to a wide range of views from service users, staff, key partners and the general public. Registered nurse Rosemary Patton from Belfast was a full-time carer for her father who suffered a stroke. She says changes to stroke services can only happen if people make their voices heard.

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14/07/2017

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Keep it simple, stupid

We recently featured a blog by the Patient Information Forum’s Claire Murray about why it’s so important for people to have easy access to good quality health information. If that’s the case then why, asks Sean Brown, are so many healthcare professionals using terminology that is utterly meaningless to service users?

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07/07/2017

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A Fight You Can Win

South Eastern Health and Social Care Trust and its Volunteer Peer Advocacy Service were the recent winners of the Patient and Client Council Excellence in Co-Production Awards. As part of Co-production Week (03-07 July) Martin Logue tells of his journey to accessing the service which, in turn, has enabled him to become part of the Peer Advocacy Service.

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30/06/2017

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Making health information work better for all of us

Health Information Week runs from 3-9 July with the aim of promoting good quality health information to support patients, service users and the public. Claire Murray of the Patient Information Forum (PIF) explains why this is so important.

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23/06/2017

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The Ongoing Road To Recovery

Early last year, I shared my story of postnatal depression and my two-year battle with illness on this website. I was just at the start of my journey of recovery and was writing a personal blog. 

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16/06/2017

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Manning Up To Health Concerns

As Men’s Health Week draws to a close, GP Bert Stewart advises males to check up on their health regularly and not just this week.

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09/06/2017

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Carer's assessments

This week Nigel from the PCC Engagement Team tells us about his work on the PCC Carer's Assessment Report.

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19/05/2017

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A privilege to be a nurse

Catherine Brown wanted to become a speech therapist after finishing a degree in English and Linguistics at Queen’s University. But after spending the summer in America looking after young people with a learning disability she realised that her true vocation lay elsewhere. Now coming to the end of her first year studying for a nursing degree, Catherine tells us why it is a real privilege to be a student nurse

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12/05/2017

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ME patients’ plea for basic healthcare

Today is the 25th anniversary of International ME Awareness Day. The PCC first became involved with this long-term condition in 2013 following a fibromyalgia/ME focus group as part of the People’s Priorities report process. Head of Operations, Louise Skelly, recounts the journey to date.

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05/05/2017

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‘I thought only old people get arthritis’

In the run-up to Arthritis Care Week, from 8-14 May, Oonagh Diamond from Magherafelt explains how a bout of anaemia led to her being diagnosed with this chronic progressive disease that causes painful deformity and immobility in the joints.

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28/04/2017

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A rare kind of normal

Imogen is our second child. Our beautiful, much-longed-for daughter to complete our family. She came into the world on 26 September 2016 a week early and weighing in at just 6lb 5.5oz.

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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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