In June 2011, the then Minister for Health, Social Services and Public Safety announced that a review of the provision of health and social care services in Northern Ireland would be undertaken.
The aim of the Review was to bring forward recommendations for the future shape of services and to provide an implementation plan.
An independent review panel was formed, led by John Compton, then Chief Executive of the Health and Social Care Board.
The review panel engaged widely with the public, clinical and professional leaders, health and social care organisations and stakeholders in the voluntary, community, private and independent sectors.
99 Proposals for Change
The review panel reported in December 2011, publishing ‘Transforming Your Care: A Review of Health and Social Care in Northern Ireland‘.
It made 99 proposals for change across the range of health and social care services. It also identified 12 major principles for change which would underpin the future model of health and social care in Northern Ireland.
After the review was published, the Health and Social Care Board and the five Health and Social Care Trusts developed local population plans and a Strategic Implementation Plan which set out the changes which need to be made to support Transforming Your Care.
The plans formed part of the consultation process which ran from October 2012-January 2013. The Vision to Action consultation document summarised the key proposals for change in health and social care in Northern Ireland.
The consultation was also provided in easy read format and you may recall a series of events were held across Northern Ireland. Many people attended these events and we received 2,242 responses from people either in writing or through social media.
We analysed all the responses which clearly and strongly recognised the need for change.
Transforming Your Care said “no change is not an option” and most respondents to the consultation clearly agreed. Such consensus was reassuring and provided a strong foundation on which to plan the change.
Post Consultation Report
A summary of the findings from the consultation was published in the Vision to Action Post Consultation Report (March 2013).
This also set out the Health and Social Care Board response to the issues raised by people and highlighted how these would be addressed during the implementation of Transforming Your Care.
This was done by examining the impact of such a model across 10 major areas of care: Population Health and Wellbeing; Older People; People with Long Term Conditions; People with a Physical Disability; Maternity and Child Health; Family and Child Care; Mental Health; Learning Disability; Acute Care and Palliative and End of Life Care.
The model was applied to each of these areas which allowed for the development of 99 proposals for change (which are contained in the original TYC Report).
Minister’s Statement to the Assembly
On 19 March 2013, Minister Poots made a statement to the Northern Ireland Assembly on the outcome of the consultation on the Transforming Your Care: Vision to Action proposals. He said:
“Firstly – let me remind members what Transforming Your Care is about – and why reform is needed.
In Northern Ireland, as in all health and social care systems, there are significant pressures which can only be addressed by radical change: a growing and ageing population; a growth in chronic conditions; a growth in demand and an over-reliance on hospital beds.
There are also advances in medicines and technology which require us to innovate; we need to address growing public expectations about the need for high quality and compassionate health and social care services.
The Transforming Your Care report presented a compelling case for the reform of health and social care services and demonstrated a clear need to tackle the demand for services, which is predicted to continue to grow by around 4% a year until 2015.
The report set out strategic proposals that have the potential to make a huge difference to how we plan and deliver health and social care services both in the medium and the longer term.
It described a new model for the delivery of integrated health and social care services focused on prevention initiatives and earlier interventions, and on promoting health and well-being. It also highlighted that more services should be provided in the community, closer to people’s homes where possible and that there should be more personalised care.”
He also said: “We must ensure that we keep our service users and patients at the front and centre of this process and ensure provision of safe, sustainable, resilient and effective services provided in the right place at the right time, by the right people.”
The implementation and delivery of Transforming Your Care is being led by the Health and Social Care Board in collaboration with the Department of Health, Social Services and Public Safety (DHSSPS), Public Health Agency, the Health and Social Care Trusts and other providers.
Work is steadily progressing in key areas and we hope you will explore this website to learn more about the positive changes which have already been brought about.
|Transforming Your Care: Vision to Action (PDF 1MB) – Audio version available Telephone: 028 9055 3790|
|Transforming Your Care – Easy Read: Our plans for making changes in the health and social services in the next five years (PDF 565KB)|
|Transforming Your Care Consultation Leaflet (PDF 865KB)Audio Version of Transforming Your Care Consultation Leaflet|
|Transforming Your Care: Vision to Action Post Consultation Report (4MB)|
|Transforming Your Care: A Review of Health and Social Care in Northern Ireland Nov 2011 (PDF 5MB)|
|Transforming Your Care – Strategic Implementation Plan PDF 2.5MB|
|Transforming Your Care – Belfast Locality Population Plan PDF 1.5MB|
|Transforming Your Care – Northern Locality Population Plan PDF 1.5MB|
|Transforming Your Care – South Eastern Locality Population Plan PDF 1.5MB|
|Transforming Your Care – Southern Locality Population Plan PDF 1.5MB|
|Transforming Your Care – Western Locality Population Plan PDF 1.5MB|
|Transforming Your Care Strategic Implementation Plan Equality Screening PDF 591KB|
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