Tomorrow is World Cancer Day. It is a day when millions of people across the globe unite in the fight to combat the disease and raise vital funds for life-saving research. It is also a time when many people - like me - will reflect on the loss of a loved one to this disease.
New drugs are being developed all the time. The healthcare that we receive today has been transformed by these medications, with people living full lives with what were once debilitating and life-limiting conditions. What were once considered radical, pioneering treatments are now very much part of routine use.
Improvements in health, diet and preventative care means that people in Northern Ireland are living longer. This is good news. However, the care and support services that are intended to help people to live an independent, healthy, active and inclusive lifestyle need to be reformed in order to meet the future needs of an increasing ageing population.
I work in the Personal and Public Involvement Team coordinating the fieldwork for some of the Patient and Client Council’s projects. This year, one of my tasks was to find out what people think about the Mental Health Home Treatment Service.
The pace of change in how we live our lives has never been greater. Smartphones, as we now know them, only came on the market around the time the Patient and Client Council was established in 2009. Today, seven out of 10 of us now own one.
My job in the Patient and Client Council is to run our Complaints Support Service for people who want to make a complaint or raise a concern about health and social care services. Anyone can call our free helpline on 0800 917 0222 and talk to one of our team of six officers.
Health Minister Michelle O’Neill has published a public consultation paper and is now encouraging all people who use, or work within, health and social care services in Northern Ireland to have their say about how those services can be reconfigured.
Paul Smyth spent nearly 40 years as a Radiographer in the Health Service before retiring last December. During that time, one of the most consistent issues he experienced was a lack of information given to patients prior to a medical investigation, which made some patients anxious. He explains here how those anxieties can be allayed
This week, Health Minister Michelle O’Neill presented her 10-year vision to radically transform health and social care in Northern Ireland. Minister O’Neill said the health service is “at breaking point”, requiring a whole-system transformation across primary, secondary and community care
Over the past seven years, the PCC has engaged with tens of thousands of people on a wide range of health and social care-related issues through our many surveys, face-to-face interviews, workshops and contact with the general public at events right across Northern Ireland