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.
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.
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 Northern Ireland Executive has released the draft Programme for Government (PfG) 2016-21. This document will provide the context for government strategy over the next five years and help inform the budget.
We’re living longer, which is something to celebrate, however, living longer, can bring more health complications.
Dying Matters Awareness Week takes place from 9-15th May 2016 - a time dedicated to talking about dying, death and bereavement. Our Advice and Information Manager, Deepak Samson, shares his experience of attending a rather unusual method, aimed at encouraging conversations about death and dying.
Around 214,000 people in Northern Ireland are unpaid carers, and that unpaid care adds up to £4.4 billion every year. Nigel Warburton from our Involvement Team highlights the work we are doing to help carers of people with a mental illness and learning disabilities, have their voice heard on carers’ assessments.
Affecting around 3,600 people in Northern Ireland, Parkinson's is a degenerative neurological condition, for which there currently is no cure. The main symptoms of the condition are tremor, slowness of movement and rigidity. Caroline McEvoy from Parkinson’s UK tells us more.