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07-Dec-2018

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The encompass programme

The encompass programme is a major healthcare transformation initiative, which aims to create a single digital health and social care record for everyone in Northern Ireland and will benefit both patients and staff. In our blog this week Gary Loughran, Director of the encompass programme, tells us what it all means…

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30-Nov-2018

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We want your views on our proposed clinical response model

The Northern Ireland Ambulance Service are currently undertaking a public consultation on the way in which they respond to emergency calls. In our blog this week Brian McNeill, Director of Operations at NIAS, tells us how these proposed changes will be the most radical development in the way they deliver services in the last 20 years – and why they need to hear your views.

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23-Nov-2018

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Happy ‘Breath’-Day Paddy!

Wednesday 21st November was World COPD Day and Belfast Man Paddy Lynas marked it with a double celebration. The father of two celebrated his 70th birthday on 11th November and is also celebrating the amazing fact that his health is now better at 70 than when he was first diagnosed with a respiratory condition, 8 years ago.

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16-Nov-2018

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If you need to talk – we’re here to listen

The Royal National Institute of Blind People (RNIB) has spent 150 years campaigning for change and delivering services to enable people with sight loss to live their lives to the full. The charity’s ‘Need to Talk’ project provides emotional support and confidence building for people affected by sight loss. Richard Craig, who designs and delivers confidence building courses for RNIB sets out below the services on offer and why the project is so important.

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09-Nov-2018

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The Public Health Agency Bursary Scheme

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.

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01-Nov-2018

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Homeshare - A Model of Intergenerational Living for Northern Ireland

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…

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26-Oct-2018

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A message from Maeve…

In our blog this week Maeve Hully has a few parting words to share with you all...

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19-Oct-2018

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Annual Health Checks

On Monday we joined forced with Mencap NI to launch our new Annual Health Checks Report, kicking off the charity’s Activism Week. In our blog this week Maeve Hully explains our findings and what we think needs to happen going forward.

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12-Oct-2018

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Depression in Northern Ireland. The facts.

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.

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05-Oct-2018

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Equine Assisted Therapy and Learning

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.

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28-Sep-2018

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Fighting funeral poverty in Northern Ireland

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.

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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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