Board Chief urges public to get involved in ‘Transforming Your Care’

Board Chief urges public to get involved in ‘Transforming Your Care’

Pictured at the first public consultation meeting in North Belfast (19 November) are: Rowan Davison, West Belfast Partnership; Christine Irvine, Volunteer Now; John Compton, Chief Executive, HSCB; Dr George O’Neill, Chair, Belfast LCG and Patricia Donnelly, Director of Acute Services, Belfast Trust.

A series of public meetings to discuss the future of health and social care in Northern Ireland begin this evening.

Transforming Your Care is one of the most significant and wide-ranging health and social care reforms in decades, and presents a significant opportunity to fundamentally improve the quality of care for everyone in Northern Ireland.

Sixteen public meetings will take place across Northern Ireland starting in Belfast today and continue over the next three weeks until 11th December.

Chief Executive of the Health and Social Care Board, John Compton urged the public to join in the debate.

Transforming Your Care (TYC): Vision to Action, is a consultation document summarising the changes proposed to Northern Ireland’s Health and Social Care system.  The proposals focus on reshaping services in order to make best use of all available resources ensuring that the services which we provide are safe, resilient, high quality and sustainable for the future.”

“Health and social care impacts on every single person in Northern Ireland at some point in our lives so it is vitally important that you have the opportunity to have your say.

“This consultation exercise seeks your views – as patients, clients, services users, carers, service providers and citizens – about how we respond to the proposals set out in Transforming Your Care.  At this point no decisions have been made and we are firmly committed to ensuring that everyone is kept fully informed,” he said.

“Getting involved in the process is simple,” added Mr Compton, “You can log onto the consultation website at and complete the online questionnaire, or attend the nearest public meeting to you and join in on the debate locally.”

A leaflet providing more details about Transforming Your Care and explaining how people can get involved and make their voices heard is being delivered to every household in Northern Ireland.

Details about all public meetings and short films about Transforming Your Care proposals can be viewed at

For further information or to obtain a copy of the consultation document log onto or email: or Tel. (028) 9055 3790.

You can also find out more about the consultation process on Facebook at or follow us on twitter @tycconsultation.

The consultation period ends on 15th January 2013.

For press enquiries contact: Shirlie Murtagh, PR Officer,

Tel: 028 3741 4531

Notes to Editor:

Transforming Your Care: Vision to Action, a consultation document, was launched on 9 October 2012 and will run for 14 weeks until 15 January 2013.  It contains proposals for service change in response to the Review of Health and Social Care which concluded in December 2011.

Public Meetings

Area Venue Date Time
Belfast NICVA 61 Duncairn GardensBelfast  BT15 2GB 19/11/12 5.30pm-7.30pm
Banbridge Banbridge Enterprise Centre, Scarva Road  Industrial Estate,  Banbridge, Co Down  BT32 3QD 20/11/12 6.00pm-8.00pm
Armagh Health & Social Care Board, Tower Hill, Armagh BT61 9DR 21/11/12 6.00pm-8.00pm
Derry/Londonderry St Columbs Park House, 4 Limavady Rd, Derry BT47 6JY 21/11/12 7.30pm-9.30pm
Belfast The Mount Conference Centre2 Woodstock Link, Belfast BT6 8DD 22/11/12 3.00pm-5.00pm
Coleraine The Sandel Centre, 6 Knocklynn Road, Coleraine BT52 1WT 27/11/12 7.00pm-9.00pm
Enniskillen CAFRE Main Hall, Enniskillen Campus,2 Mullaghmeen Rd, Levaghy, Enniskillen Co Fermanagh BT74 4GF. 28/11/12 7.30pm-9.30pm
Lisburn Trinity Methodist Church, Knockmore Rd, Lisburn, Co Antrim, BT28 2EA 03/12/12 2.00pm-4.00pm
Omagh Tara Centre, 11 Holmview Terrace, Omagh, Co Tyrone, BT79 0AH. 03/12/12 7.30pm-9.30pm
Belfast Farset International, 466 Springfield Rd, Belfast BT12 7DW 04/12/12 7.00pm-9.00pm
Down Great Hall Downshire Hospital, Ardglass Rd, Downpatrick, Co Down BT30 6RA. 04/12/12 7.00pm-9.00pm
Newtownards Ards Art Centre, Town Hall, Conway Square, Newtownards, BT23 4DB 05/12/12 7.00pm-9.00pm
Newtownabbey Linen Suite Mossley Mill, Carnmoney Road North, Newtownabbey BT36 5QA 06/12/12 2.30pm-4.30pm
Magherafelt Civic Room Magherafelt District Council, 50 Balyronan Rd, Magherafelt, BT45 6EN 06/12/12 7.00pm-9.00pm
Newry WIN Business Park, Mourne Enterprise Agency, Newry BT36 6PH 06/12/12 6.00pm-8.00pm
Ballycastle Ballycastle High School, 33 Rathlin Road  Ballycastle, County Antrim BT54 6LD 11/12/12 7.00pm-9.00pm

Members of the media are welcome to attend the public meetings. 

For more information or to request an interview please contact the HSCB Communications Office on 028 9055 3740.

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