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11/08/2016

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Travelling to hospital appointments in Northern Ireland

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.

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04/08/2016

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Raising awareness of Sarcoma

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.

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21/07/2016

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Hearing about patients’ experiences is important

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.

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14/07/2016

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Voices4Care - your opportunity to make a difference in palliative care

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.

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08/07/2016

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Care and support for adults in Northern Ireland

People in Northern Ireland are living longer, and that’s something to celebrate, however it also presents challenges for how Health and Social Care services are planned and delivered.

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30/06/2016

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Involving people – a key point at NICON Conference 2016

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.

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23/06/2016

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Difficult conversations with families

‘Nurse NEWS’ describes an encounter with family members in a hospital lift, and the difficult conversation of ‘do not resuscitate’.

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17/06/2016

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Patients' views on diabetes

With more than 86,000 people in Northern Ireland living with Diabetes, we’ve been gathering patients’ views on the condition and their hopes for services in the future. Deepak Samson explains more.

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10/06/2016

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Share your views on the draft Programme for Government

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.

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03/06/2016

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Celebrating Carers

Carers week runs from the 6th June - 12 June, and we think there is much to celebrate.

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26/05/2016

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Patient access to information

I took part in a national conference this week, organised by the Patient Information Forum.

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19/05/2016

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What's it really like for people living with dementia and their families?

We’re living longer, which is something to celebrate, however, living longer, can bring more health complications.

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12/05/2016

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The challenges of living with Coeliac disease.

Coeliac disease is a complete intolerance to anything made from wheat, barley and rye. Tina, who has coeliac disease, shares her experience of being in hospital and coping with the limited food available.

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06/05/2016

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Death Café: Talking death and dying, over tea and cake.

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.

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29/04/2016

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What is the Health and Care Professions Council?

John Barwick, Head of Investigations at the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC), explains the work of the HCPC.

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22/04/2016

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Carers’ Assessments: What’s your experience?

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.

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15/04/2016

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Living with Parkinson’s

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.

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08/04/2016

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How was your meal? Nutrition at home

Hot, and sometimes frozen, meals can be delivered to people’s homes, as part of their domiciliary care package, also known as 'meals on wheels'.

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