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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
  • Care and support jargon buster – this resource was developed by ‘think local act personal’ and is a plain English guide to the most commonly used health and social care words and phrases and what they mean. Please note that this resource will include terminology which may not be applicable to Northern Ireland.