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There are currently around 657,000 people from Northern Ireland on the NHS Organ Donation Register, that’s around 36% of the total population.
Reaching specialist health and social care services in Northern Ireland, can often involve substantial travel. The availability of transport is an essential part of making health and social care services work efficiently, yet people have missed appointments and cancelled appointments, due to issues with transport. Considering transport needs when planning and delivering health and social care services, could help make services more efficient by getting people to the right place at the right time.
The Mental Health Home Treatment Service cares for people in the community, when they are experiencing a mental health emergency.
Sarcomas are rare cancers that develop in the supporting or connective tissues of the body such as muscle, bone, nerves, cartilage, blood vessels and fat. Paul’s Campaign started in 2011, after a young man called Paul from Derry, passed away, following a battle with Sarcoma. Lisa-Marie Holden, from Paul’s Campaign explains more.
Around 214,000 people in Northern Ireland are unpaid carers, and that unpaid care adds up to £4.4 billion every year. The Patient and Client Council is encouraging carers of people with mental illness and learning disabilities to have their voice heard on carers’ assessments.
The Northern Ireland Executive has asked members of the public for feedback on the draft Programme for Government (PfG) 2016-21, to help inform strategy and budget over the next five years. A series of indicators will be put in place to measure improvement of public services. The Patient and Client Council has responded to this consultation.
If you are receiving palliative care, caring for someone with palliative care needs, or interested in improving palliative care, the All Ireland Institute of Hospice and Palliative Care (AIIHPC) want to hear from you. This week's guest blogger, Brendan O'Hara explains more.
This week the Northern Ireland Confederation for Health and Social Care (NICON) held their annual conference. I was there along with some patients, service users, members of our membership scheme and staff who work for the Patient and Client Council.
The winner of the Patient and Client Council’s 2016 ‘Making a Difference’ award is the Northern Health and Social Care Trust, for exceptional involvement of victims and care-givers in the development of the Rowan, Sexual Assault Referral Centre for Northern Ireland.