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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The A-Z of Care

Young people in care are creating on a glossary of terms to replace the jargon and abbreviations already existing within Social Care as they feel they are inaccessible. This project is supported by Voice of Young People in Care (VOYPIC). At what level did the PPI take place? Service development/delivery PPI helped the project to Increase ownership; Improve quality. Background VOYPIC supported young people to attend the public consultation on ‘Strategy for Looked after Child...
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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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Adult safeguarding

Service users in an Older Peoples Day Centre were engaged in a workshop to ascertain if they were aware of abuse and its definition, its signs, forms and how and where to report it. At what level did the PPI take place? One to one. PPI helped the project to: Improve safety Improve quality Increase ownership Background With the increased focus on Adult Safe Guarding in terms of awareness raising, developing resilience and protective factors and in light of recent increased incid...
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Fibromyalgia: a hidden condition

This project aims to explain the impact that fibromyalgia has on people’s health, family life, work and hopes. In particular, their frustration with the time taken to get a diagnosis, the lack of understanding of the condition on the part of many healthcare professionals and society, and the lack of effective medication and support for self-management. The key aim of the involvement is to identify how services could be improved within existing constraints and how people can be true partners i...
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Stage IV endometriosis

There is no dedicated endometriosis centre in Northern Ireland or even a fast track referral pathway. Since 2013, the Patient and Client Council has been supporting women with severe (Stage IV) endometriosis to engage with decision makers with a view to improving diagnosis, safety and quality of life for patients. At what level did the PPI take place? Co-design; Co-production; Informing. PPI helped the project to: Improve safety; Inform commissioning; Increase ownership...
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HIV Service user forum (SUF)

The Service user forum (SUF) was formed to give people living with human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) a platform for partnership working and engagement with the services which deliver their care. It is a dynamic group, empowering service users to use their own experience and knowledge to help improve the physical, mental and emotional well-being of people living with and affected by HIV in Northern Ireland. At what level did the PPI take place? One to one; Service development/delivery. ...
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Reshaping Domiciliary Care Services for Older People

Older people tell us they wish to remain independent in their own homes for as long as possible and Domiciliary Care is one of the services provided by the Southern Health and Social Care Trust (SHSCT) to enable them to do this, when they have care/support needs. Domiciliary care within SHSCT has been challenged by growing demands for the service. In response to these increased demands, the Trust initiated a project to design and test an outcomes-based model that would: • support better working...
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