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12-Apr-2018

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Quality Improvement in Health and Social Care

Quality Improvement’ or ‘QI’ can seem like just another piece of jargon, but for Gill Smith, Innovation and Quality Improvement Lead, Northern Health & Social Care Trust it’s an exciting movement happening in our Health service. An important part of improving health care is about sharing good practice - so if someone is Derry/Londonderry has changed how they do things for the better, then people in Belfast or Craigavon should be able to hear about it, so they can decide if they could make a similar change. Until now sharing that good practice has been problematic. The launch of a new website hopes to change that.  Gill explains what it is, and what’s happening so far.

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05-Apr-2018

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The Safe Haven – working together and improving out of hours mental health crisis service

Nick Parkin – Senior Commissioning Manager, Mental Health and Learning Disabilities at NHS North East Hampshire and Farnham CCG, describes The Safe Haven at the Wellbeing Centre, a pioneering out-of-hours mental health crisis service.

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29-Mar-2018

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Annual health checks for people with a learning disability

Earlier this year, Nigel Warburton, Project Co-Ordinator with the Patient and Client Council began working with people with a learning disability and their carers, who identified annual health checks as being crucial to their overall wellbeing. Now, he’s trying to find out more about what impact the health check is having on people’s lives.   

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15-Mar-2018

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My patients taught me how to heal after losing my mother

Dr. Shopitha Sivaranjan shares the impact of personal experience on her work as a doctor.

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08-Mar-2018

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Charging for prescriptions and care – what older people think

Age Sector Platform Chief Executive, Eamonn Donaghy, explains what older people have told the organisation about charging for domiciliary care, prescriptions and non-emergency patient transport, and how Age Sector Platform are using that information to inform the Government.

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01-Mar-2018

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What’s life really like on a waiting list?

While it has been widely reported that waiting times continue to grow, there has been little focus on the lived experiences of people who are waiting for sometimes urgent and life-saving care.  This week saw the launch of “Our lived experience of waiting for healthcare – People in Northern Ireland share their story”. Chief Executive, Maeve Hully explains more. 

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22-Feb-2018

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Anorexia - My battle and recovery

Erín shares her experience of anorexia and describes how recovery is possible, and what she is doing to support others affected by eating disorders.

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15-Feb-2018

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What’s stopping you from getting involved in Health and Social Care?

What’s the point in getting involved in Health and Social Care and why are people reluctant to get involved? Nigel Warburton, Project Co-Ordinator with the Patient and Client Council explains why the organisation is offering capacity-building training to members of the public, and what the benefits are of taking up this offer.

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08-Feb-2018

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Involving people in decisions about their care

Mark Doughty is co-founder and director of The Centre for Patient Leadership. He has designed a number of award-winning patient leader programmes and advised organisations, including NHS England, on patient leadership. Mark, who is also a Senior Consultant with The King’s Fund shared his experience of living with a long-term condition, with an audience of health and care professionals, at a conference last year. Here’s a summary of what he said.

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01-Feb-2018

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Loneliness in caring – a silent epidemic

7 in 10 carers in Northern Ireland have experience of loneliness and social isolation as a result of their caring role. Clare-Anne Magee, Carers NI explains the effect loneliness has on carers, and what’s being done to help combat this silent epidemic.

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25-Jan-2018

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‘I’m so lucky it was caught early’

Paula Bradley MLA was diagnosed with cancer when she was just 24 and admits she knew nothing about the disease. It was only much later that she realised how serious the condition can be. As part of Cervical Cancer Prevention Week (22-28 January) Paula joined forces with Cancer Focus NI to urge women to be vigilant and get regular smear tests.

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19-Jan-2018

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Funding Public Services in Northern Ireland – What does this mean for Health and Social Care?

People are being asked for their feedback on a briefing paper issued by the Department of Finance on how Northern Ireland spends its money.

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12-Jan-2018

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Pressures on Emergency Departments

Over the past few weeks, you might have experience of visiting a very busy hospital Emergency Department, or heard about the pressures facing our Health service on the news. Why is this happening?

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05-Jan-2018

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Have Your Say About The GP Out of Hours Service

Have you recently used the GP Out of Hours Service? This service is for people who need urgent medical treatment, but cannot wait until their doctor’s practice is open. It’s also for terminally ill people, very sick children and frail, elderly people.

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29-Dec-2017

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A new year - what can change?

January is traditionally a month for resolutions, new beginnings, for fresh starts and doing things differently.

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15-Dec-2017

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You have the power to change social care in our society

This week, a long-awaited report called Power to People was published. You may have seen some coverage on the news and on social media about it. This really important report has the potential to reshape how we, as a society, care for vulnerable adults in our community. 

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07-Dec-2017

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Human Rights in Health and Social Care

Human Rights apply to everyone. Human Rights Day is celebrated on 10 December and Sandra Rafferty, from the Equality Unit, Business Service Organisation, explains what Human Rights are all about and what they mean within Health and Social Care services here in Northern Ireland.

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30-Nov-2017

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#LetsEndIt - End isolation, End stigma, End HIV transmission

Martin is a 56 year old Belfast man with a career spanning 36 years in public administration and 20 years volunteer experience with various charities. In 2010, following an admission to hospital with an unrelated infection, Martin was diagnosed with HIV. After a short stay in hospital and successful treatment of the parasitic infection he was discharged to begin attending the GUM clinic as a HIV out-patient. Here, Martin shares his thoughts and some of the key facts about HIV.

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