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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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  • 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.
  • NHS England and NHS Improvement Consultation 11th November 2020
    This event is to provide information to the patients and public about seven consultations NHS England and NHS Improvement are running to discuss how medicines are supplied to patients, to encourage them to engage with the consultation, direct them to the consultation portal and to answer any questions they have. The event is not aimed at getting views to feed into the consultation.
  • Engage 2020 Virtual Conference 9th November 2020
    This conference format is new and exciting, ‘Engage 2020’ will run for two weeks (16 - 27 November). Co-designed with network members, it includes ‘main stage’ sessions, masterclasses, solution surgeries, community panels, practice development and peer-led learning sessions on a variety of online platforms. There are also a range of well-being sessions, these are designed to support you in these challenging times but also to inspire creative approaches to involving people and communities. The overarching theme of Engage 2020 focuses on ‘What we have learned about community engagement from the recent pandemic, and how we can apply this to the recovery of the health system, building a better health system for all’.
  • Cardiomyopathy Change Makers 21st August 2020
    As a Cardiomyopathy Change Maker you will bring new perspectives to our project. You will work with us over approximately 3 years, attending ad-hoc meetings roughly once a month, along with additional email consultations. In return, you will receive online induction training and be given a key contact for ongoing support and information in the role. This is a new volunteering role, which is continuously evolving, share your passion for improving the lives of people with cardiomyopathy and apply now.