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30/06/2017

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Making health information work better for all of us

Health Information Week runs from 3-9 July with the aim of promoting good quality health information to support patients, service users and the public. Claire Murray of the Patient Information Forum (PIF) explains why this is so important.

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23/06/2017

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The Ongoing Road To Recovery

Early last year, I shared my story of postnatal depression and my two-year battle with illness on this website. I was just at the start of my journey of recovery and was writing a personal blog. 

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16/06/2017

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Manning Up To Health Concerns

As Men’s Health Week draws to a close, GP Bert Stewart advises males to check up on their health regularly and not just this week.

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09/06/2017

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Carer's assessments

This week Nigel from the PCC Engagement Team tells us about his work on the PCC Carer's Assessment Report.

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19/05/2017

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A privilege to be a nurse

Catherine Brown wanted to become a speech therapist after finishing a degree in English and Linguistics at Queen’s University. But after spending the summer in America looking after young people with a learning disability she realised that her true vocation lay elsewhere. Now coming to the end of her first year studying for a nursing degree, Catherine tells us why it is a real privilege to be a student nurse

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12/05/2017

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ME patients’ plea for basic healthcare

Today is the 25th anniversary of International ME Awareness Day. The PCC first became involved with this long-term condition in 2013 following a fibromyalgia/ME focus group as part of the People’s Priorities report process. Head of Operations, Louise Skelly, recounts the journey to date.

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05/05/2017

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‘I thought only old people get arthritis’

In the run-up to Arthritis Care Week, from 8-14 May, Oonagh Diamond from Magherafelt explains how a bout of anaemia led to her being diagnosed with this chronic progressive disease that causes painful deformity and immobility in the joints.

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28/04/2017

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A rare kind of normal

Imogen is our second child. Our beautiful, much-longed-for daughter to complete our family. She came into the world on 26 September 2016 a week early and weighing in at just 6lb 5.5oz.

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21/04/2017

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Co-production needs to take us out of our comfort zone in order to work

Co-production should be both straightforward and challenging. We should be outside our comfort zones, moving away from 'us' and 'them' and working towards 'we'. Read what Fiona McLaughlin has to share on what makes co-production work.

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14/04/2017

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Stay safe if you’re camping this Easter

As the Easter weekend gets underway, many people will be heading off to campsites to spend the holidays under canvas or in caravans and motorhomes.

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07/04/2017

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Health care services falling short for people with Huntingdon’s disease

Sorcha McGuinness is Chief Executive of the Huntingdon’s Disease Association Northern Ireland, which provides information, advice and support to patients and carers impacted by Huntington’s disease in Northern Ireland.

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31/03/2017

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We’re In This Together

On Wednesday (29 March) we held our second – and largest - Membership event. In fact, we were overwhelmed with the response from members wishing to attend and filled the Great Hall at Belfast City Hall to capacity with 400 members from all across Northern Ireland.

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24/03/2017

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‘I fought the demons inside my head every day’

The second of AWARE volunteer Cliona McCarney’s two-part blog on her battle with depression. Last week, Cliona realised that the weight of the world on her shoulders was literally killing her.

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16/03/2017

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‘I was tangled up in a web of my own lies’

Cliona McCarney is a volunteer with AWARE – the national depression charity for Northern Ireland. In a two-part blog, she speaks candidly about her descent into depression.

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10/03/2017

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Singing Therapy Hits the Right Note

Before I retired, I worked as a mental health nurse teacher with a special interest in older people. I taught in the classroom and in care settings.

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03/03/2017

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No Smoking Day 2017

Michael Walsh, Community Pharmacist at Walsh’s Pharmacy, Warrenpoint

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23/02/2017

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I believed in myself

All this week, the media has been giving special coverage on the experiences of disabled people in the workforce and as consumers. One interviewee said employers were “missing a trick” because people with a learning disability or disability are resilient, flexible and good at problem-solving because they have had to be. Hear what Gerard from the PCC has to say on this.

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17/02/2017

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Health Minister’s Plan to Cut Waiting Times

Last week, Health Minister Michelle O’Neill published a document that describes the plan to transform the delivery of elective care services across Northern Ireland.

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