Category Archives: Health

Emergency care waiting time statistics

Waiting times at Northern Ireland’s emergency departments remain below target for the four hour treatment window, but minor injury units continue to have an almost 100 per cent record. The latest statistics...

Do you have the power to save a life?

Sudden Cardiac Arrest (SCA) is the leading cause of death in the UK, accounting for an estimated 76,000 deaths each year. Sudden Cardiac Arrest is serious. It means that the person’s heart...

Patterns in public health

Chief Medical Officer Michael McBride outlines the challenges and changes to health in Northern Ireland. What are the main responsibilities of the Chief Medical Officer? As Chief Medical Officer, I have a...

Optimising medicines

agendaNi examines plans to make medicines more effective across the health and social care system. Better communication between professionals will help to improve outcomes for patients. ‘Medicines optimisation’ is a term used...

Planning for a population’s health

The Transforming Your Care reform programme is underpinned by planning for the needs of each trust’s population. Peter Cheney analyses the plan for the Southern area as an example of how health...

Investing in the changing face of healthcare

The Central Procurement Directorate’s Health Projects Director Brendan Smyth discusses the challenges of delivering key infrastructure for the Health Service. The key to delivery is trying to get the fine balance between...