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Opportunities to get involved with Health and Social Care

A list of current opportunities to get involved in Health and Social Care are listed below.

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  • Consultation open on Statutory Duty of Candour and Being Open Framework 23rd June 2021
    The proposals have been developed following the recommendations from the Inquiry into Hyponatraemia-Related Deaths and are part of the Department of Health’s Hyponatraemia Implementation Programme. A Duty of Candour would create a legal responsibility for all healthcare organisations and individual staff to be honest when things go wrong. This duty would not just apply to being open and honest with patients but also on the need to be open and honest within organisations in reporting adverse incidents or near misses that may have led to harm. The Department of Health established a comprehensive programme to take forward implementation of the recommendations from the report. A Duty of Candour workstream and its Being Open subgroup are tasked with developing detailed proposals to implement the Inquiry’s recommendations on candour.
  • Diabetes Network for Northern Ireland 28th May 2021
    Our goal to improve diabetes treatment and care for people across Northern Ireland is significant, and there is more to do. As we move forward in 2021 to deliver our Work Programme we want to hear from you.
  • Launch of Shared Decision Making Tools/Materials 28th May 2021
    SDM is a lynch pin in the field of Involvement and is central to the ethos of co-production and partnership working between service user / carer and the service provider in the HSC. The fantastic resources produced through this initiative, will be of use to service users, carers, advocates, clinicians and other HSC professionals and managers as we work towards improving HSC services. They will be housed on the Engage website (link to be inserted here) and will be readily available. We would be delighted if you could join us for the launch.
  • Integrated Care Partnerships – Get Involved 12th May 2021
    What are Integrated Care Partnerships (ICPs)? Integrated Care Partnerships are groups working to improve the health and well being of their local communities and supporting a wide range of partners to work together to make things better. There are 17 ICPs across Northern Ireland which means they can focus on work at a local level and understand what’s important to the health and wellbeing of the local community. http://www.hscboard.hscni.net/icps/ Each ICP is led by a committee which includes people who work in the health and social care service in that local area (Trust staff, GPs, Community Pharmacists) along with people working in the voluntary and community sector, the local council and service users and carers. ICPs across NI are seeking people who have experience of using health and social care services or experience as an unpaid carer to join their committees. What do ICPs do? ICPs work on a broad range of issues but have so far mainly focused on improving services for adults with long term conditions and older people’s care and have led on the development of new services and new ways of working such as; - An enhanced care at home service for people in North Down & Ards so that more care can be provided in peoples own homes and admission to hospital avoided https://vimeo.com/channels/icps/159186917 - An easier and quicker to access service for people with diabetes who need footcare assessment and treatment https://vimeo.com/channels/icps/156715962 ICPs across NI are seeking people who have experience of using health and social care services or experience as an unpaid carer to join their committees.
  • Get Involved in Research – Open Learning Course 21st April 2021
    This course is for anyone who has experience of using health and social care services who would like to get involved in research. No previous knowledge of research or qualifications are necessary. The course is being provided through Open Learning at Queen’s University Belfast and is being delivered by a partnership between Praxis Care, the Mental Health Foundation, the Health and Social Care Board, Ulster University and Queen’s University Belfast. A certificate of attendance will be awarded upon course completion and, if the optional assignment is completed, 10 Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS) points at Level 1.
  • Northern Ireland Ambulance Service Involvement Opportunity 26th February 2021
    We are offering an opportunity for you to make your voice heard on this service via Zoom.
  • PHA pre-consultation for suicide and post-vention services 15th February 2021
    The Public Health Agency (PHA) is seeking the views of people to take part in a pre-consultation on future suicide prevention and post-vention services. This is part of the PHA's role in the Protect Life 2 suicide prevention strategy, launched by the Department of Health in 2019. In order for the PHA to develop future services to meet the actions in this strategy, it is important to review current services and most importantly listen to the views of service users, local communities and other organisations delivering services, through this pre-consultation process. The pre-consultation period will include opportunities for people to provide feedback by registering their interest to take part either by completing the online survey or by taking part in a number of online facilitated events targeting each of the Health and Social Care Trust areas in Northern Ireland. The pre-consultation findings will inform a fuller public consultation on proposed future services.
  • NIAS Involvement Opportunity 9th February 2021
    The NIAS working on a Performance Management Framework and wish to develop as part of this a high level patient scorecard which shows how they are meeting their four organisational goals, as follows: 1. Our patients will feel professionally cared for; always with compassion and respect 2. Our staff will feel positive and proud to work for NIAS 3. Our stakeholders and partners will have confidence in us as a reliable provider at the centre of urgent and emergency care 4. Our communities will continue to value and trust us.
  • Leading in Partnership Leadership Programme 25th November 2020
    This exciting new programme offers HSC staff, service users, carers, community and voluntary sector an excellent opportunity to develop your capacity to: lead in Partnership working from involvement to co-production, use PPI and co-production to achieve quality improvement and support transformation and service change by involving service users, carers, community and voluntary sector.
  • Become a Lay Member on the BHF Data Science Centre Oversight Committee 17th November 2020
    The British Heart Foundation (BHF) Data Science Centre works to deliver the data and data science needed to address some of the most pressing challenges in heart and circulatory health research. This can help shape health services for the prevention and treatment of cardiovascular diseases (such as heart attacks, heart failure and strokes), provide patients and health professionals with the tools to make better decisions, and bring the latest medical discoveries to patients across the UK.