Category Archives: Health

Future trends in care

Four major shifts that will influence how Northern Ireland cares for its older people over the next decade. Fewer state-run homes Much of the media commentary about Transforming Your Care has focused...

High performance in dementia diagnosis

As David Cameron presses for more action on dementia, Scotland and Northern Ireland are leading the UK in identifying the condition. Dementia has been a high priority for David Cameron since March...

Thinking outside the box for care services

Skills for Health’s Ed Tickler considers how to change the care landscape from acute hospital settings to greater care in our communities. “There are no neutral decisions: every decision will have consequences...

Accountability in care

Peter Cheney summarises how care home facilities are inspected and regulated. The Regulation and Quality Improvement Authority (RQIA) is the independent regulator for health and social care services in Northern Ireland and...

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...