Active Birth Centre (ABC)

Robust clinical evidence supports the establishment of Alongside Midwife-Led Units, co-located to Obstetric-Led Units with a shared philosophy and understanding of normal birth. This project aims to embed and sustain the Active Birth Centre (ABC) Alongside Midwife-Led Unit as an alternative and viable birthplace option for all women with low risk pregnancies birthing within BHSCT Maternity Service, therefore normalising birth and decreasing the likelihood of intervention. Engagement with s...
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SLT and Parents: Information on bilingual language development

Parents of bilingual children are often given misleading advice regarding their child’s bilingual language development and how to manage concerns that may arise with regards to this. We asked parents attending our service what misperceptions they had encountered and if they felt these had become barriers to accessing speech-language therapy. In addition, we asked what messages they would like to convey to parents and professionals in order to prevent other families experiencing similar problem...
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CAMHS Alumni

CAMHS Alumni formed in August 2017 and completed three phases of work over an 18 month period. The group, having had their own personal experience of significant mental health difficulties, wanted to allay anticipatory anxieties for young people (and their families) accessing the service.  CAMHS Alumni members were extremely generous with their knowledge, skills and time, completing all work with the CAMHS facilitator and overcoming many barriers, such as having very limited resources. At what ...
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Think Carer and Connect

Carers within the Trust were being offered a one-off support intervention at the point of discharge however there was no follow up support offered. Community Mental Health Team for Older People (CMHTOP) set up a project team with the goal of increasing referrals to the Trust’s Carers Register, from a baseline of zero. The project’s goal is to improve circumstances for carers region wide. The impact of the project included: Making the registration process more efficient by integrating ...
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The Rowan, Sexual Assault Referral Centre for Northern Ireland

Service users who have been affected by sexual violence/abuse participated in the steering group consulting on the development of The Rowan, a sexual assault referral centre for Northern Ireland. Consultation groups of service users were set up to inform the design team, and ensure that the ethos of Personal and Public Involvement was kept to the heart of the centre’s development The impact of the project included: A consultation group of service users to inform the Communication Strate...
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Development of teenage allergy clinic at Craigavon Area Hospital

This project set out to develop a specific teenage allergy clinic at Craigavon Area Hospital within the SHSCT area. Service users were  engaged to answer a questionnaire to highlight specific areas to be included in the new clinic. A new specific resource was developed with feedback from the service users. This resource is to be used as part of 2 workshops in 2019 and this will be used to audit and develop the service in the longterm. At what level did the PPI take place? One to one; Se...
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Development of the Community Development Framework

As part of the Health and Wellbeing 2026 - Delivering Together, various work streams were established. A Community Development work stream was set up in January 2017 by Public Health Agency (PHA) to examine how best community development can contribute to the Transformation of Health and Social Care. The work stream is tasked to set clear direction and expand community development approaches to reducing health inequalities in Northern Ireland. To support this the team held 12 consultations, acro...
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The NI Abdominal Aortic Aneurysm (AAA) Screening Programme Service User Event

The NI Abdominal Aortic Aneurysm (AAA) Screening Programme holds an annual service user event to help inform on-going service developments in  this area.  The event invites men who have been screen-detected with AAA, with their families and friends to attend.  The sixth workshop took place in April 2018 in Belfast and was attended by over 50 service users. Over 20 members of the programme team where also in attendance, including staff from the Public Health Agency (PHA) who commission the servic...
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People not Prisoners

PPI helped the project to • Improve efficiency of the service • Improve quality • Improve safety • Inform commissioning • Increase ownership Background People in prison have not previously been consulted in relation to service design or their care needs. We were keen to improve relationships with the men and women in prison - moving to an adult- adult interaction that ensure everyone takes responsibility for improving health outcomes. The People Not Prisoners’ project sought to give of...
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Western Trust radiotherapy project

During the development of a new radiotherapy treatment facility at Altnagelvin Hospital, the Western Health and Social Care Trust (WHSCT) engaged with service users to ensure their views shaped the design of the service and the ward itself. This input from service users influenced the design of the radiotherapy ward and the ambulance service for patients at the facility. At what level did the PPI take place? Service development/delivery. PPI helped the project to Improve qual...
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