Have You Experience In The Frequent Use Of Medicines Or In Caring For Someone Who Does? If So, We Have An Exciting Opportunity…

8th February 2019
Medicines

The Department of Health are seeking a patient or carer representative for a place on a Medicines Optimisation Quality Framework (MOQF) work stream group to help improve the safety and effectiveness of how people use medicines. ‘The Innovation Work Stream’ will support implementation of the MOQF.

The MOQF is the strategic document for improvement and reform in medicines safety and effectiveness across health and social care in Northern Ireland. It seeks to support change, reduce risk and improve health outcomes for the population across HSC, through partnership working where possible.

This group will focus on devising new ways to improve people’s use of medicines in the health service. It is about involving patients and carers in decisions about their medicines to ensure that they are getting the best possible use from them.

PROGRAMME OF WORK- WHY & WHATS INVOLVED?

The MOQF want to ensure that the views of patients, service users, carers and families are heard and taken on board when planning, developing and transforming Health and Social Care Services. In the spirit of co-production, the patient representatives will, through their views and experiences, contribute to the decision making process that may affect patients and carers.

Other members of this group will include representatives from the DoH, Health and Social Care Board, Health and Social Care Trusts, General Practice and Community Pharmacy.

The Work involved will include;

  • Participation at meetings and reading papers in advance;
  • Helping identify gaps in the system;
  • Assisting to identify inventive approaches; and
  • Help inform reports and recommendations for improvement.

COMMITMENT

*The individual must be able to attend the first meeting at the end of January

Time?  – Involvement with this group will require attendance at one meeting every two months, each meeting lasting approximately 2-3 hours. Meetings will be held Monday-Friday during the hours of 9-5pm, usually beginning at either 10am or 2pm.

Where? – The venue will be Department of Health (DoH), Castle Buildings, Stormont Estate Belfast, which is easily accessible by public transport. Parking is also available.

Expenses? – Travelling expenses will be met by the Department.

WHAT SKILLS AND ABILITIES ARE NEEDED?

The MOQF are looking for an individual with experience in the frequent use of medicines either themselves or in their caring role, whom also has;

  • Good communication skills
  • Experience in contributing to group discussion
  • Time to participate in meetings and review papers before and after.
  • Ability to represent a wider service user/carer viewpoint
  • Whom can respect and recognise different viewpoints

WHAT SUPPORT WILL BE PROVIDED TO YOU?

  • An induction on the programme of work and your role in this work
  • Mentorship from the Patient and Client Council
  • Support before and after meetings

HOW TO EXPRESS INTREST TO BE INVOLVED

If you’re interested in this opportunity and would like to find out more, please contact Jessica Murray:

Email:
Jessica.Murray@hscni.net

Post:
FAO Jessica Murray
The Patient and Client Council
Quaker Buildings
High Street
Lurgan
BT66 8BB

Telephone:
07825632265