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 a constrained financial context, that we must redouble our efforts to speed the implementation of TYC.
Welcoming the report the Chief Executive of the Health and Social Care Board, Valerie Watts commented that the Board would now carefully consider all of the recommendations and review the scale and pace of reform.
The Board is still firmly committed to continuing to embed the reform vision into the whole commissioning process to ensure that the design and provision of services meet the needs of everyone and are sustainable into the future.
- Funding Update
As we approach the end of the 2014/15 financial year at the end of March, it is estimated that the Health and Social Care Board has invested nearly £11m in the implementation of Transforming Your Care, including the £8m transitional funding made available by the NI Executive. This is in addition to supporting service development and reform in line with TYC through using some of the core health and social care funding (which is over £4bn each year), and reinvestment of money saved from being more effective in how we prescribe medicines.
Over the three years from 2012/13, this brings the total investment of transitional funding into Transforming Your Care to £25.5m. Over the same period, we have achieved over £44m of shift of resources into primary and community care settings.
- Update Statutory Residential Care Homes
All five Health and Social Care Trusts have completed their evaluation on the future role and function of their statutory residential care homes for older people against the new criteria approved by the Health and Social Care Board in June 2014 following an extensive public consultation exercise.
Local Commissioning Groups (LCGs) have considered the Trusts’ proposals in light of local needs assessments.
The Board had anticipated considering the Trust proposals and LCGs’ views at a public Board Meeting on 15 January 2015. However, the Department of Health, Social Services and Public Safety (DHSSPS) requested the Board to pause in considering the Trust’s proposals on the future of each home at this stage.
The DHSSPS has informed the Board that it wishes to consider the outcome of the judicial review into the decision to temporarily close Dalriada Hospital in Ballycastle, and the potential impact this may have on any future consultations.
Frequently Asked Questions are available here.
- Domiciliary Care Review
The early stages of the Domiciliary Care Review have now been completed. This work included:
– a regional review of the current services being provided across all Health and Social Care Trusts and costs associated with them.
– a review of the services provided by the independent domiciliary care sector to identify the volume of care provided and challenges, coverage and changes within the sector.
– a range of consultation events with service users and their representatives, Trade Unions and the independent sector to help obtain views on how the service is operating and what changes may be required in future.
The next phase of the Review will include working with Trusts to define best practice and make recommendations for the future model of domiciliary care for the region.
More information on the Review is available here.
- Self Directed Support
The Self Directed Support project continues to make good progress.
Given the size, scale and complexity of this transformational initiative, a full Equality Impact Assessment (EQIA) is being carried out by the Health and Social Care Board.
The EQIA consultation process will conclude towards the end of April and it is anticipated that Self Directed Support will launch sometime in May 2015.
Further updates will be posted on the Health and Social Care Board and Transforming Your Care websites.
To access the Board’s consultation page click here.
- eHealth Consultation Update
The consultation on the eHealth and Care Strategy for Northern Ireland ended on 23rd January 2015, following a two week extension on the initial closing date.
There were 96 responses, which along with public meetings and focus groups, will help shape the use of eHealth and Care in Northern Ireland. We would like to thank all those who contributed to the development and consultation on the strategy.
eHealth and Care is part of the transformation and modernisation of health and social services through the use of technology. The purpose of the consultation was to listen to the public and other stakeholders to help us improve the use of eHealth and Care across Northern Ireland. This will help improve health and wellbeing, improve the use of information and support innovation inside and outside the HSC.
The responses to the strategy are now currently being collated and analysed and an updated eHealth and Care Strategy and Equality Impact Assessment (EQIA) will be published by the Health and Social Care Board in the near future.
- HSC Knowledge Exchange
We are delighted to announce that the HSC Knowledge Exchange is celebrating its first anniversary this month.
With now over 400 members and 10,000 visits to the website, the Knowledge Exchange enables health and social care staff to access information about innovation, good practice and events. It also offers the opportunity to discuss trends in health and social care to support change and transformation.
We encourage you to visit the HSC Knowledge Exchange
Up and coming events
- HSC Change Day
We are looking forward to the launch of HSC Change Day which will be held on 11th March 2015.
Check out the HSC Change Day website to get more information about how you can make your pledge!
- NICON ‘View from the Top’
Dr Sloan Harper, Director of Integrated Care at the Health and Social Care Board, will be speaking at the next NICON (NI Confederation for Health and Social Care) ‘View from the Top’ event on 19 February 2015.
Integrated Care Partnerships have now been in place in Northern Ireland for 18 months and Dr Harper will outline how these multidisciplinary and multi-sectoral partnerships have been developed, the outcomes that have been achieved to date and the lessons learned.
Representatives from the East Belfast Integrated Care Partnership (ICP) Committee will also be joining Dr Harper to discuss how ICPs can best be positioned for long term sustainability.
More information on the event can be found here.
- NICON Annual Conference 2015
The annual Northern Ireland Confederation of Health and Social Care (NICON) conference will be held on 22-23rd April 2015 in Belfast where Valerie Watts, Chief Executive of the Health and Social Care Board will be presenting.
For more information on this event click here.