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The Big Conversation

Maeve Hully, Chief Executive of the Patient and Client Council

Louise Skelly addressing the audience at our Belfast Members Event in Crumlin Road Gaol.

The Patient and Client Council held two events this week which focussed on exploring in more detail the recommendations in the recently published report “Power to People”.  This report set out suggested changes that need to be made to the provision of adult social care services to cope with extra demand.  You can read the full report here.

Well over 200 members attended the events and shared their ideas and thoughts on this work.

Living longer should be something to celebrate.  Instead many people worry about what care will be available to them in their advancing years and who will provide this care.

Social Care covers a range of services offered in many settings including:

  • Day Care
  • Care in people’s home
  • Nursing home care
  • Residential care
  • Meals on wheels
  • Social work
  • Respite care
  • Information/advice/counselling
  • Provision of equipment

In our events we heard about the challenges people have accessing services and we heard about many fantastic ideas which can help citizens, families and communities to care for people together.  These included building compassionate communities, keeping people active and schemes which make people feel valued and supported.

All of the feedback and ideas we had over the two days will be shared with the Department of Health and will form a significant part of the ongoing conversation.

Thank you so much to everyone who took part.  Our conversations were lively, noisy and very worthwhile.  The events were oversubscribed which meant some people were not able to attend.  We will be holding further events so keep your eyes peeled in our UPDATES Newsletter for more information.  We would love to hear from you at any time so please keep in touch.

Your voice is important and can make a difference.


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Lynda Black 08-May-2018 at 11:03 hrs

Really glad that you enjoyed the event, Malachy. Rest assured that the Big Conversation is far from over. Just for the record, the decision to hold two separate events this year - one in Omagh and the other in Belfast - was the Membership choice and that the organisation of both events was down to our Membership Coordinator, Matthew Weatherall.


Malachy keyes 05-May-2018 at 14:48 hrs

Well done Sorcha Forbes for bringing the big conversation to Omagh. It was a great turnout
And it raised more questions than answers.
When some carers have as little time as 8to12 minutes how can the heat a meal and leave and be confident the patient actually ate it .
When one of the family are the carer they are carring for 24/7 they do not have an employment contract but are in full time employment. Surely this breaks all employment rules. With all the new government rules like working hours,holidays,pension rights,if someone is working for you full or partime you are expected to offer a pension . With My experience of caring and carers coming in I could write book how the system needs to change.
I look forward to further conversation on adult caring so one day we will get it right.