Welcome to Engage your central resource for involvement in Health and Social Care (HSC) in Northern Ireland.
The aim of this page is to direct you to the right resource for your needs, or to answer any questions you might have about Personal and Public Involvement (PPI).
The best place to start
If you have been actively involved with a Health and Social Care service then you are a service user.
There are such a wide variety of people included under the banner of Service User why not take a look at our case studies section to see the assortment of voices we have heard from so far, we are always looking for new perspectives and stories so please do consider submitting your own case study and experience.
By getting involved, you will be able to help make sure that services:
- fit the needs of your community
- are accessible
- are high quality
- have the potential to impact positively on the health and wellbeing of the wider community
Check out our case studies section here to find out more about the positive impact of involvement and how getting involved has made a difference to HSC. This resource is still being developed to showcase the wide range of PPI case studies across Health and Social Care. If you would like to submit a case study, please complete and submit the case study template here.
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 law states that HSC organisations have a legal duty to involve and consult with service users, carers and the public in relation to:
- the planning of the provision of care;
- the development and consideration of proposals for changes in the way that care is provided;
- decisions that affect the provision of care.To find out more about the laws around involvement, standards set around HSC involvement and to read https://engage.hscni.net/what-is-ppi/policy-and-legislation/
The Public Health Agency (PHA) has engaged with service user and carer representatives to set up a bursary scheme to support service users and carers involved in strategic programmes of work with Health and Social Care (HSC). The scheme aims to help develop knowledge and skills for participation in Involvement work.
The bursary scheme is open to service users and carers who are based in Northern Ireland and engaged with a Health and Social Care organisation. A total of £2,500 has been allocated to the bursary. The maximum amount per participant is £750 with only one application per individual per financial year (April 2019 – March 2020).
The bursary scheme is now open for new applications.
Click here for further information and to complete the online application
Should you wish to find out about current opportunities to get involved, please click here.
The following organisations provide a range of training in a number of different areas. Some of the courses highlighted may be of interest to you to strengthen your skills and help support your involvement with HSC:
- Eventbrite: Use the search function to allow you to search for events in various locations. For example, use the search term ‘involvement and health and social care’ to help tailor your search.
- The King’s Fund: This independent charity based in England, hosts a number of events in various subject areas relating to health and social care. Forthcoming events include:
- Social Care Institute for Excellence: Provides access to a number of training programmes relating to health and social care, including co-production.
- Northern Ireland Council for Voluntary Action (NICVA): Courses include:
- Effective coaching and mentoring
- Conflict management
- Community Development and Health Network (CDHN): Working to empower communities and tackle health inequalities using community development.
Our current opportunities section can be found here and is regularly updated.
Please note: we do not handle complaints about Health and Social Care in Northern Ireland.
To find out further information about how to make a complaint about Health and Social Care, please visit the Patient and Client Council at http://www.patientclientcouncil.hscni.net/.