Engagement Platform for Mental HealthCould you contribute to developing an involvement infrastructure for those with lived experience of mental health in NI? Click here for more information.
Stroke NetworkThe Northern Ireland Stroke Network aims to provide strategic direction and leadership to those involved in the development and delivery of stroke services in Northern Ireland. The vision of the Stroke Network is to ensure that the perspective of patients, family and carers is represented in all aspects of the work undertaken within the Network. Click here to apply now and share your lived experience.
Future PlanningDue to the closure and migration of the Health and Social Care Board (HSCB) to a new entity within the Department of Health, many statutory provisions around commissioning will be removed, and this has provided an opportunity to fundamentally change the way in which services are planned, managed and delivered for the people of Northern Ireland. Click here to keep reading...
Integrated Care SystemA programme of work has commenced to develop a Future Planning Model to replace the existing commissioning arrangements and processes in Northern Ireland. This work will see the development of a new Integrated Care System (ICS) model in Northern Ireland. We have facilitated three involvement sessions to...
Regional Disability Forum for Health and Social CareThe Department of Health’s Physical and Sensory Disability Strategy and Action Plan ran from 2012 until 2018. It set the direction in helping people with a disability to better exercise their rights, choices and life opportunities. Subsequently, the Department committed to establish a regional forum for people with a physical/sensory disability and/or a communication difficulty. Through our Make Change Together programme, we have recruited a number of interested individuals to join the forum. Click to continue reading...
Obesity PreventionAs part of our 'Make Change Together' project, the Patient and Client Council recruited 2 service users to join a project board set up by the Health Development Policy Branch for the development of their next strategy for tackling obesity. Click here for more information
Duty of Candour ConsultationThe Department of Health is consulting on policy proposals to enact a statutory Duty of Candour in Northern Ireland. In addition to the online survey, the Patient and Client Council held a number of virtual engagement sessions in June to allow members of the public to share their thoughts and views. Click here for an update.
Advance Care PlanningAs part of our 'Make Change Together' project, the Patient and Client Council recruited service users and carers with an interest in Advance Care Planning to help shape how ACP will be taken forward and implemented in NI. Click here for an update.
OrthopaedicsAs part of our 'Make Change Together' project, the Patient and Client Council recruited 22 people with experience of using Orthopaedics services to participate in a reference group to provide insight into patient and carer perspective on elective orthopaedic services in NI. Click here for an update.
No More SilosThere is clear evidence that our urgent and emergency care services have been under significant pressure for a number of years. In response, the Health Minister Robin Swann published an Urgent and Emergency Care Action plan – ‘No More Silos’ in October 2020 Click here for an update.
Regional Gender Identity ServicesAs part of our 'Make Change Together' project, the Patient and Client Council recruited 15 people with lived experience of gender dysphoria or variant of gender identity to join the Gender Identity Liaison Panel. Click here for an update.
Working for Openness in Health and Social CareAs part of our 'Make Change Together' project, the Patient and Client Council offered an opportunity to help shape and quality assure Guidance for people who use Health and Social Care Services, on how openness must apply across Health and Social Care. Click here for an update.
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After becoming unwell and personally experiencing the lack of care provided to those suffering from mental health in Northern Ireland, Paul Greer from Portglenone, decided to speak up.
Here is his story.
“I have a background in care and nursing but when I became ill, I felt the care I received was inadequate. I felt that I didn’t matter and that made me feel worse.
Going through this experience has helped me find my voice and I decided to speak up for myself and others who are battling with mental health.
Through my work with the Patient and Client Council, I serve on the Bamford Monitoring Group. This group captures the views of people with mental health needs and learning disabilities and the experiences of families and carers in relation to changes being made to future services.
During my time working with this group we have helped create a care pathway to ensure those with mental health concerns receive the best available treatment, we’ve established a personalised approach to mental health and we’ve also contributed to the planning for adults with a learning disability, ensuring carers and families can put a future plan in place for those in their care.
Being involved has helped me have a voice and fight for those that don’t have a voice.
Stand up and make your voice heard to make change together.”