A list of current opportunities to get involved in Health and Social Care are listed below.
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- Involving the Public in the Design of Research: Building Research Partnerships 12th August 2019 This free workshop will look at practical ways to involve patients and the public as partners (PPI) in the research process. It will explore the issues related to becoming and being a member of the public involved in research and the role of researchers in facilitating this involvement.
- Medicines and Healthcare Regulatory Agency (MHRA) 6th August 2019 The MHRA has opened a public consultation about its patient and public engagement. They are running a number of engagement events across the UK and would like to hear from patients, carers, patient groups and health sector charities. They will hold an event in at the Pavilion (MacElhinney Suite) in Stormont Estate on Tuesday 8 October, 2019 from 9.30am - 12.00noon. At the event, representatives from MHRA will provide some background information about the consultation and will be seeking views from attendees about the questions in the consultation questionnaire. To attend this event, please contact the email address provided below by Friday 30th August, 2019.
- Dysphagia: Developing Resources and Services 6th August 2019 The Public Health Agency is working in partnership with the Health and Social Care Trusts, professional organisations and the independent sector to develop services and resources which will positively impact the outcomes of adults with dysphagia in Northern Ireland. These plans include: ◦ Understanding the experience of living on dysphagia friendly foods. ◦ Developing eating and drinking (swallowing) care plans for use with adults with dysphagia across all care settings. ◦ Development of regional training proposal to support the learning needs of key groups of staff, families and carers working alongside adults with eating, drinking and swallowing difficulties. The PHA are looking for a group of people across Northern Ireland who are willing to share their experiences and to work in partnership with them on the co-production and design of regional resources. You will be required to attend workshops and meetings to make sure you have input into what we create……..your voice matters!
- The Influence and Participation Toolkit 5th August 2019 The toolkit is available and accessible to all the public. Its aim is to enable those using the toolkit to meaningfully involve people with lived experience of mental health problems in the development of their work and organisation. There are templates and tools included, which users are encouraged to use as well as creating their own.
- Patient and Public Involvement in Research 5th August 2019 Learning and Development Opportunity: The International PPI Network have launched a webinar series which will open with an introduction to patient and public involvement in health and social care research. Acknowledging that different countries use different terminology, the presenters will explain how involvement in research differs from participation in research. They will also explore why patient and public involvement is important and how it can improve research. Finally, the presenters will share best practice examples and key tips on how to carry out PPI. The webinars are designed to be of benefit to people who are interested in understanding and developing patient and public involvement in health and social research. It will be especially beneficial to people in countries where PPI is not yet fully developed. Presenters include: Dr Gary Hickey - Senior Public Involvement manager at INVOLVE. Kati Turner - Researcher at the Population Health Research Institute, St George's, University of London.
- Conference: Thinking Differently about Commissioning 5th August 2019 On 25 September, this conference will bring together a panel of experts from The King's Fund who will explain key developments in health and care commission. Participants will hear from innovative commissioners who are approaching their role in new ways, including new methods for paying services, and new approaches to joint work across clinical commissioning groups and local authorities. The Conference will also feature national leaders debating the future of commissioning. Speakers include: Ruth Robertson, David Buck, Durka Dougall, Dan Wellings and Fatima Khan-Shah.
- Make Change Together 2nd August 2019 The Make Change Together team are seeking to engage individuals to take part in programmes of work that aim to transform Health and Social Care in Northern Ireland. It's now more important than ever to become involved and make change together. What’s involved?: • Attendance at engagement and training sessions • Participation in monthly group discussions • Training and support programme for each participant
- Involvement Week: 18-22 November, 2019 1st July 2019 From 18th to 22nd November 2019, the PHA PPI team in collaboration with HSC partners, service users and carers, as well as the Community and voluntary sector will celebrate the important contribution of Personal and Public Involvement in shaping, supporting and improving the provision of Health and Social Care in Northern Ireland. If you are a staff member or service user/carer and have an involvement event or initiative you would like included in our festival calendar, please contact your PPI Lead or email the address below for an event pack.
- Integrated Care Partnerships 25th June 2019 What do Integrated Care Partnerships do?: Each Integrated Care Partnership is charged with improving services for their locality, looking at how care is delivered from prevention through to end of life. They will then make changes so that services are joined up and are delivering the right care, in the right place at the right time. Each Partnership Committee has about 13 members and brings together doctors, nurses, pharmacists, social workers, hospital specialists, other healthcare professionals, service users and carers; as well as the community and voluntary sector and representatives from local councils. They currently focus on specific service areas: 1. Services for Frail older people 2. Stroke services 3. Respiratory services 4. Diabetes services
- Regional Unscheduled Care Service User and Carer Reference Group 1st May 2019 The Regional Unscheduled Care Service User and Carer Reference Group are seeking service users and/or carers who have had an experience of unscheduled care and those who are also interested to work within Health and Social Care, to join their group. The Reference Group is a service user and carer voice which seeks to shape Unscheduled Care. As a member of the group, you will be supported to understand the issues and training will also be provided.