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15-Feb-2019

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A-Z Symptom Search

A new online service has been launched for people in Northern Ireland to help us manage our health and wellbeing. In our blog this week Linda McRandle from the Health and Social Board, tells us what it all means…

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08-Feb-2019

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A Unique Opportunity to Shape the Future of Palliative Care

The All Ireland Institute of Hospice and Palliative Care is looking for new volunteers to join their forum Voices4Care. In this week’s blog, Briege Lyttle from Downpatrick shares her experience as a member…

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01-Feb-2019

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Give us better support to direct our social care

Self-directed support is billed as a new flexible way of organising social care services that promotes choice – but what do the people who have used it think of this new service? In this week’s blog, Interim Chief Executive Glynis Henry shares the results of the PCC’s latest report…

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25-Jan-2019

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Exploring the Experience of Service Users and Carers in Mental Health Services

We all know the importance of sharing our experiences to improve health and social care services. In this week’s blog, Vi Gray, Patient and Client Experience Lead for the 10,000 Voices project in the Western Health and Social Care Trust tells us about their latest survey on mental health services…

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18-Jan-2019

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Your views wanted on the Diabetic Eye Screening Programme

The Northern Ireland Diabetic Eye Screening Programme (NIDESP) is undergoing a modernisation project to ensure that it remains a sustainable service and continues to improve in line with national standards. In our blog this week, Dr Rachel Doherty, Consultant in Public Health Medicine at the Public Health Agency, tells us why it is so important for patients to get screened and encourages members of the public and professionals to give feedback on proposals to change how the service is delivered...

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11-Jan-2019

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New Year, New... Involvement?

As we start into the New Year, the PCC’s Interim Chief Executive, Dr Glynis Henry CBE has a New Year’s resolution she thinks everyone should commit to in this week’s blog…

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21-Dec-2018

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Keep Well this Christmas

It’s hard to believe that we’re fast approaching the end of another year. With the festive holidays upon us, the PCC’s Interim Chief Executive, Glynis Henry has a few words for everyone about keeping well this Christmas…

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14-Dec-2018

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Annual Complaints Report

The Patient and Client Council’s Complaints Support Service is a vital part of the organisation and one that keeps getting busier. In our blog this week, Complaints Services Manager Richard Dixon, talks about the findings of the PCC’s Annual Complaints Report which was launched today…

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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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