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Self Directed Support to be rolled out from June 2015


Self Directed Support (SDS) is being rolled out in Northern Ireland on a phased basis from June this year and feedback from Service Users and Carers has been immensely positive to date. SDS is a new initiative by the Health and Social Care Board of delivering social care.  It relates to the way that individuals and families can have an informed choice about the way in which care is provided.  SDS allows for greater control and more flexibility by individuals […]

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Below is a summary of some recent developments and things that are happening across the region: Consultation on Self Directed Support The Health and Social Care Board is currently engaged in a public consultation on the future arrangements for the implementation of Self-Directed Support for Northern Ireland. Self-Directed Support aims to promote independence by offering more flexibility in how social care services are provided. It allows people to choose how their care is provided, and gives them as much control […]

More choice for mums-to-be


The Strategy for Maternity Care in Northern Ireland drew on best evidence and expert opinion and recommends increasing normalisation in pregnancy for women with a straightforward pregnancy whilst also ensuring access to consultant-led care for women with a complex pregnancy. This recognises the fact that for many women, pregnancy is a straightforward event that does not require significant medical intervention.  The Strategy advises that any hospital with a Consultant-Led Maternity Unit should also have a alongside Midwifery-Led Unit on the […]

Hundreds pledge to help change health and social care for the better


On Wednesday 11th March 2015, we celebrated this year’s annual HSC Change Day, when hundreds of people right across Northern Ireland joined thousands of health and social care workers, patients, service users and the public from 30 other nations to make a pledge to improve health and social care as part of the ‘Change Day’ movement. ‘Change Day’, started three years ago, and is now a global social movement, which encourages people to make a pledge – something that you […]

Pharmacies have more to offer


When you have a minor ailment, choosing the right option may have you feeling better quicker than you would have expected. A range of common illnesses and complaints, such as aches and pains, coughs, colds, upset stomachs and sore throats can be treated with over-the-counter medicines and plenty of rest. Pharmacists are ideally placed to help provide health and wellbeing services to keep people well in local communities. A Pharmacist’s role is not limited to dispensing prescriptions; they also provide […]

Everyone can help change health and social care for the better


Today, 11 March is HSC Change Day, when people right across Northern Ireland will join thousands of health and social care workers, patients, service users and the public from 30 other nations to make a pledge, to improve health and social care as part of the ‘Change Day’ movement. ‘Change Day’, started three years ago, and is now a global social movement, which encourages people to make a pledge – something that you promise to do, or to change, to […]

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Below is a summary of some recent developments and things that are happening across the region: Launch of Sir Liam Donaldson’s Report Health Minister Jim Wells published Sir Liam Donaldson’s report ‘The Right Time, The Right Place’ last month which examines the governance arrangements for ensuring the quality of health and social care provision in Northern Ireland. Speaking about Sir Liam’s reference to Transforming Your Care (TYC), the Minister said that he was determined, even though we are working within […]

Introducing Primary Care Talking Therapy and Well-being Hubs


Did you know that it is estimated 1 in 4 people will experience a mental health problem at some time in their lives? Did you know last year approximately 50,000 people in Northern Ireland were referred to a mental health service? The use of prescription drugs for anxiety and depression is significantly higher in Northern Ireland than in elsewhere in the UK, with Belfast having the highest rates here. Long-term medication is often the only option available to GPs to […]

Quicker X-rays for Patients


The introduction of a new way to access bone density x-rays now enables patients to be referred directly from the GP surgery to hospital to have an x-ray more quickly. The South Eastern Local Commissioning Group (LCG) recently invested in the new system where patients can be immediately referred to the DEXA scanning service at Bangor Hospital. A DEXA scanner is similar to an x-ray scanner. It measures the density of bones in order to determine a patient’s bone strength. […]

Focus on Reablement Support Workers


Reablement Support Workers across all Health and Social Care Trusts are helping older people to gain their confidence and independence again to live in their own home. Reablement is a programme of support which promotes independence rather than unnecessary or premature reliance on services, often after an unexpected incident or illness. Below Maureen Gregg, Reablement Support Worker with the Belfast Health and Social Care Trust, tells us about her role and how she finds it very rewarding. You can also […]

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