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.
Matthew Weatherall, Membership Scheme Co-Ordinator gives a round up of last week’s ‘members only’ event – ‘The Future is in Your Hands'.
Membership Scheme member, Fiona McLaughlin became interested in rare disease issues when her late mother was diagnosed with the rare neurological condition Progressive Supranuclear Palsy. Fiona volunteers for the PSP Association and the Northern Ireland Rare Disease Partnership.