Category Archives: Health

Improving support for older carers

The Patient and Client Council has welcomed better cross-government support for older carers caring for adult dependents. Across the UK, Northern Ireland has the highest proportion of older people with a learning...

Standards of care

The Department of Health, Social Services and Public Safety’s service framework for older people outlines the standards which they and their families can expect from Northern Ireland’s health and social care services....

Mental health: the next steps

Health Minister Edwin Poots sets out the progress made on reforming mental health services and the next steps, including more emphasis on recovery, talking therapies hubs and designing services to meet the...

Mental well-being for all

Niamh Chief Executive Peter McBride discusses how its focus is broadening from supporting people with mental illness to putting forward a strong message about well-being to the whole population. “Niamh is about...

Defining mental health

A summary of good mental health, the main causes of illness and the benefits of taking action. The World Health Organization defines good mental health as a state of well-being in which...

Improving mental health on the ground

Peter Cheney considers the challenges of mental illness in Belfast and the community work being done to tackle the problem. Over the last five years, the economic crisis has added extra pressure...

Mental health standards

People with mental illness should expect a high quality of care and treatment from the Health Service, based on the service framework. agendaNi reviews its standards. Northern Ireland’s service framework for mental...

Suicide prevention insights

Policy proposals in Scotland and the Republic have identified training, responsible media reporting and a major increase in preventative funding as potential ways to reduce suicide. Northern Ireland’s immediate neighbours have traditionally...

Changing the system

John Compton shares his reflections about his term as the first Health and Social Care Board Chief Executive with Peter Cheney, including the importance of good communication. John Compton is retiring after...