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16/11/2017

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Your AHPs need you – help shape the future of the Allied Health Professions in Northern Ireland

Hazel Winning is an Occupational Therapist who now works at the Department of Health as their Allied Health Professions (AHP) Lead. Allied Health Professions cover a wide range of treatments, therapies and services. Hazel explains why your contribution is essential as the Department of Health draws up plans to ensure there are enough staff to deliver Occupational Therapy, Physiotherapy and Speech and Language Therapy services for patients and clients.

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15/11/2017

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Patient support service publish annual report

Lengthening waiting times, staff attitude and communication continue to be among the issues of major concern for people contacting the Patient and Client Council’s complaints support service.

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09/11/2017

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How the Shared Lives Scheme is helping people enjoy life together

Shared Lives Schemes have been running in Northern Ireland for more than 20 years. They were formally known as adult placement schemes and provide care for adults in approved family homes as an alternative to institutional care. In Northern Ireland, Shared Lives Schemes currently focus exclusively on supporting adults with a learning disability. Stephanie and Martin Kenny from Belfast are long-standing Shared Lives carers who provide care for Ann.

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08/11/2017

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Fibromyalgia Awareness Conference

David Simpson MP, the local Fibromyalgia Ambassador held an awareness raising conference for the condition at Craigavon Civic Centre on Thursday 19th October 2017.

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02/11/2017

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Ask your pharmacist about a Medicines Use Review

With winter just around the corner, it’s more important than ever to make sure your medicines are working to keep you well, particularly if you are living with conditions such as asthma or COPD. Community Pharmacist, Kerry Grimes explains more.

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30/10/2017

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Allied Health Professions Workforce Review Stakeholder Engagement Event

The Department of Health is undertaking workforce reviews of Allied Health Professions. They are holding an event in November for professionals and service users. More details from the Department of Health are listed below.

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26/10/2017

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Caring for my mum – A new kind of management role for me

Ali Raza, graduate of Health & Social Care Northern Ireland (HSCNI) General Management Training Scheme (GMTS) shares his experience of caring for his mother after a knee operation, and how this experience has complimented his day job, as a NHS manager.

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25/10/2017

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Delivering Together - Progress Report - October 2017

In October 2016, the then Minister of Health, Michelle O’Neill, supported by the Executive, launched 'Health and Wellbeing 2026: Delivering Together.'

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24/10/2017

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Involving you to improve care - Invitation from the Department of Health

The Department of Health is inviting you to join them to discuss the possible future configuration of elective care surgery centres in Northern Ireland. More information from them is listed below.

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20/10/2017

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Immediate and sustainable solutions must be found for hospital waiting lists

Northern Ireland’s hospital waiting list performance is the worst in the UK - with targets for cancer, A&E and planned operations not being met.

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13/10/2017

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Keeping NHS Titanic afloat

Prof Cooper has been both Chair and President of his professional body, The Association for Respiratory Technology and Physiology, and is the first President of the Academy for Healthcare Science. He works hard to promote ‘One Voice’ for all healthcare scientists by working with healthcare science professional bodies and Royal Colleges and, externally, with ministers for health, chief scientific officers and other healthcare organisations.  

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06/10/2017

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‘Dear You’ - The Recovery Letters

James Withey is a trained counsellor who worked in social care for 20 years. In 2011, James was diagnosed with clinical depression, attempted suicide and spent time in psychiatric hospital and crisis services. The Recovery Letters was originally a blog project conceived by James, where readers were encouraged to share their own stories of depression and their journeys towards recovery. The letters come from all over the world and detail the many different forms that depression can take.  

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29/09/2017

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How healthcare services are costing the earth

Dr Daniel Maughan is a consultant psychiatrist working for the Early Intervention Service at Oxford Health NHS Foundation Trust. He is also the Associate Registrar for Sustainability at the Royal College of Psychiatrists, where he heads up a programme of work looking to improve the sustainability of mental health services. He has published widely on the impacts of climate change on mental health, as well as how to best estimate the carbon footprint of health care.

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22/09/2017

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New passport designed to ease the journey in hospital

In May this year, the Public Health Agency, in partnership with the Regional General Hospital Forum for Learning Disabilities, Health and Social Care Trusts, people with a learning disability and their carers, launched a Hospital Passport for people with a learning disability. It’s designed to enable the patient to be independent and as involved as possible in any decisions about their care while in hospital. Gerard McWilliams visited two hospitals to see how the passport is being received by staff.

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15/09/2017

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Tommy’s quest to raise awareness of dementia

For years, Tommy Whitelaw travelled the world running merchandising operations for U2, Kylie Minogue and the Spice Girls. But it all came to an end when Tommy became a full-time carer for his mum, Joan, who was diagnosed with vascular dementia. Sadly, Joan passed away in September 2012 and, since then, Tommy has travelled all over the UK on an awareness-raising campaign. On Wednesday, he was in Belfast speaking at the Caring for the Carers workshop hosted by the Patient and Client Council and the Northern Ireland Confederation for Health and Social Care.

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08/09/2017

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Caring for someone at the end of their life

As part of Palliative Care Week 2017 we have published our End of Life Care report, which outlines some key issues in relation to end of life care experiences. Care at the end of life is a significant and important element of all care and the evidence in this report describes how the care received at this time can have a significant impact on patients and their families.

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05/09/2017

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Public consultation on regulations to restrict the age of sale for nicotine inhaling products to over-18s

The Department of Health is seeking views from members of the public on draft regulations to restrict the age of sale of nicotine inhaling products (NIPs) to persons over the age of 18.  

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