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For service users and carers

A number of programmes are available to support service users, carers and members of the public to get involved in Health and Social Care (HSC).

It may be helpful to view the e-learning programme as an introduction to involvement within Health and Social Care (HSC).  This PPI e-learning awareness programme has been developed with service users and carers to help people understand what PPI is, how you can get involved and the difference it will make to HSC.
The programme will take 30 minutes to complete – please click here to access the e-learning programme

The Public Health Agency (PHA) has worked with service users and carers to set up a Bursary Scheme.
The Bursary Scheme has been set up to support service users and cares who are currently involved in strategic programmes of work with HSC.  The scheme aims to help develop your knowledge and skills for participation in Involvement work.  Click here for further information and to apply for a bursary.


Other taught programmes are available and further details are listed below:

Public reviewing with the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) | INVOLVE – invo.org.uk

An interactive course for new and experienced reviewers of health and social care research, which has been produced by a team of public reviewers and patient and public involvement professionals with the NIHR. The course covers reviewing in all contexts for NIHR research funding programmes, plus skills and activities required at different levels and stages of research.

More information can be found by clicking here.


Introduction to Involvement 

The Patient and Client Council are offering an interactive workshop that aims to give participants a better understanding of the Health and Social Care system in Northern Ireland. By way of an ‘Introduction to Involvement’, we will provide tips on how you can get involved in your area of interest. You will learn how to prepare for involvement and what to expect when an opportunity comes your way. Our HSC services are undergoing transformation and we want to you to be equipped to take your seat at the table!

The sessions are two hours long and are available to the public as well as support/condition groups who might want to become more active in shaping and influencing their services.

Some areas covered in the programme include:

  • The HSC system and how it works;
  • HSC strategies and plans;
  • The values that underpin PPI and co-production;
  • Ways, methods and opportunities to get involved and;
  • Preparing for involvement and meetings.

More information can be found on the PCC website here.


 Finding Your Voice

The Health and Social Care Board offers the Finding Your Voice training programme. Finding Your Voice is a free programme aimed at service users and carers. It is also open to members of Integrated Care Partnerships and other organisations representing service users. The programme is accredited with an ILM Level 3 Award in Leadership and Management and will help you to;

  • Understand how Health and Social Care services are developed, who makes the decisions and what co-production is all about;
  • How service users and carers can get involved and how you can best communicate your message to HSC professionals;
  • What resources are available to help and support you in your advisory role in Health and Social Care.

The Finding Your Voice programme is currently closed.
More information about the course can be found here.

Check back regularly for updates on upcoming training opportunities and dates.