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A guide to getting involved

As a service user, carer or member of the public, there are many ways in which you can get involved in Health and Social Care (HSC). This may include:

  • developing your care plan;
  • helping to shape a new service;
  • being consulted about a major plan of work;
  • review of a service area;
  • evaluating a programme of work.

There are many opportunities to get involved in designing, developing and evaluating a range of HSC services. If you would like to get involved, the following resources have been developed in partnership with service users and carers to help you:

  • Key things to consider – this guide provides a few useful hints and tips for service users and carers to consider when getting involved.
  • HSC guidance on reimbursement of out of pocket expenses –  this guide provides details on the type of out of pocket expenses which are eligible for reimbursement.
  • Abbreviations – this is a list of the common abbreviations used in HSC
  • NHS Acronym Buster – is a simple guide to the most commonly used health and social care words/phrases and what they mean. Please note that this resource will include terminology which may not be applicable to Northern Ireland.