Below is a summary of some recent developments and things that are happening across the region:
- Reablement Review carried out across Trusts.
Reablement is a person-centred approach, about promoting and maximising people’s independence to allow them to remain in their own home as long as possible in line with the principles set out in Transforming Your Care.
Reablement is designed to enable people to gain or regain their confidence, ability, and necessary skills to live independently, especially after experiencing a health or social care crisis, such as illness, deterioration in health or injury. It helpspeople perform their necessary daily living skills such as personal care, walking, and preparing meals, so that they can remain independent within their own home. Reablement will help you to do things for yourself rather than having to rely on others.
The Health and Social Care Board, in conjunction with Health and Social Care Trusts, have recently completed a review on the development of Reablement. Currently Reablement has been fully implemented in three Trusts with a further two continuing to progress to full implementation. Feedback during the review has indicated positive experiences for service users – specifically with regard to ‘speedy’ access to equipment and the level of independence achieved, ability improvements and increased wellbeing.
An agreed Regional Reablement Model has now been approved by the Board and Trusts which will lead to the development of a Regional Pathway for the Reablement Service. This will ensure greater standardisation of the service in order to promote equity, and further improve performance monitoring and quality of service delivery.
You can now view or download the Reablement Overview Report which includes an action plan to take forward and maximise the benefits associated with reablement.
Why not watch our short video on how the Reablement Service operates.
- Carers’ Survey on Respite
The Health and Social Care Board is keen to hear from carers who care for a family member, neighbour or friend who needs care and support to help them remain at home.
The Board, as the regional commissioner of services, is currently undertaking a review of short break/respite services provided by Health and Social Care Trusts across Northern Ireland. The aim of the review is to help us improve parts of the short break/respite service that your local Trust provides.
A short break (sometimes known as respite) is the regular, occasional or emergency time-limited break from the carer’s usual share of the care of the service user. The break should be a rewarding experience for both carer and person cared for. This survey focuses on support into the person’s own home to enable the carer to continue the caring which keeps their family member at home.
You can help us by completing a short survey on our website which will take about 10 minutes to complete. The feedback from this survey will help us to ensure that the short break/respite service works as well as it can for you.
Alternatively, you can opt to complete the questionnaire by emailing Trudy.Harkness@hscni.net or ringing her on (028) 9536 2846 and complete the survey over the phone.
The closing date for all completed surveys is Friday 19 June 2015.
For more information please click here.
- NI Human Rights Inquiry on A&E
Last month, the Human Rights Commission published its report into Emergency Health Care in Northern Ireland.
The Health and Social Care Board participated fully in the Commission’s work and we are now carefully considering their findings to ensure they feed into on-going improvement work appropriately.
For clarification, the figures in relation to TYC investment and funding used by the Commission and subsequently repeated by the BBC and others, were incorrect.
TYC funding has been invested in a wide range of projects and directed towards its implementation. Resettlement of Mental Health and Learning Disability is an important part of TYC which has its own funding stream.
Read the Health and Social Care Board’s comments regarding reference to Transforming Your Care in the publication here.
You can view the Commission’s report in full here
- Stroke project will make a difference to survivors in the Mid Ulster area
The Northern Health and Social Care Trust is celebrating after receiving three prestigious Queens Nursing Institute (QNI) Fund for Innovation and Leadership Awards. One of the awards was given to the Trust for running an innovative project to enhance information given to stroke patients on discharge from hospital.
With an estimated 152,000 strokes every year in the UK, the project aims to ensure that patients leaving hospital feel confident to manage their condition at home.
Having a stroke can have a major impact on the daily lives of patients and their family or carers. Stroke survivors can have problems walking, talking, swallowing, getting dressed, carrying out personal hygiene tasks and emotional issues including anxiety, depression and mood swings. Stroke rehabilitation is specific to each individual, and depends on their symptoms and their severity. It starts in hospital and continues at home or at a local clinic in their community once they are well enough to leave.
The project being delivered by the Trust now enables staff to create a discharge information resource pack which reflects the needs of patients and their families and/or carers. The pack is individualised and flexible to meet patients changing care needs following a stroke.
- How to use GP Out of Hours Service
GP Out of Hours services are for patients with urgent care needs that cannot wait until their own GP surgery opens.
To help reduce the number of non-urgent calls which are putting pressure on the service, the Southern Health and Social Care Trust has launched a new campaign and video to help raise an awareness of how people should use their GP Out of Hours service.
Dr Alan Evans, Clinical Lead for the GP Out of Hours explains: “People who contact the GP Out of Hours are understandably anxious about their own health or that of a family member. But we receive many calls about non urgent conditions which adds pressure to the service and means those with real urgent needs are inconvenienced. Also, a number of people still drop in to a base without an appointment and when they do this they can face long delays, as they are treated in the order they first contact the service.
“We want to treat all patients as safely and quickly as possible so hope this video explains how the service works, helping to ensure that the most urgent cases are given priority and everyone receives the right treatment for their needs.”
You can view the GP Out of Hours infomercial here.
People are urged to choose the right service at the right time. There are a range of services available to help you find the right care. For more Information www.gpoutofhours.hscni.net and www.nidirect.gov.uk/choosewell.
- Consultation commences on Minor Injuries Unit in Armagh
The Southern Health and Social Care Trust has launched a public consultation to decide the future of the Armagh Minor Injuries Unit.
The consultation period will run for 15 weeks until 11 September 2015.
The temporary closure will remain in place until a final decision on the future of the service is made following the consultation.
For more information on how to respond to the consultation click here.
- Belfast Trust Consultation on Dementia Services
Check out the BHSCT’s website from Tuesday 9th June 2015 for information about their consultation on Improving Dementia Services in West Belfast and Re-provision of Ballyowen EMI Residential Home for a Supported Housing Model for people with Dementia.
- Integrated Care Partnerships
For all the latest news and developments on Integrated Care Partnerships click here.