Category Archives: Health

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...

Meeting the challenges of ageing

Fold Housing Association outlines how its services are responding to the needs of older people living independently. Almost one in 10 people are currently aged over 75. With our ageing population set...

Achieving a world class health service

Valerie Watts, Chief Executive of the Health and Social Care Board, discusses the challenges facing health and social care in Northern Ireland and how she is finding her first year in post....

Valuing and supporting older people

An ageing population is an achievement for society rather than a burden but one which brings new challenges for how we deliver care. Health Minister Jim Wells, writing for agendaNi, sets out...