The Patient and Client Council (PCC) is establishing a training and support programme to enable the citizens of Northern Ireland to take part in the various Work Streams involved in implementation of the “Delivering Together Health and WellBeing 2026” Strategy.
These Work Streams will include such high profile initiatives as re-shaping the way Stroke Services are delivered, as well as more routine matters, such as establishing dedicated centres (“Elective Care Centres”) for routine surgical procedures, which will help cut waiting lists for these operations.
There is acute time pressure, because the need to reform the Health system is so pressing; so the PCC are taking the first steps to recruit people who would be interested in participating in the Work Streams, and to provide the first step of the induction and training process.
Please see the PCC’s Making Change Together infographic
for more details If you are interested in taking part, register your interest with Jessica Murray (e mail: Jessica.firstname.lastname@example.org); and spread the word in your networks. This initiative will be a great opportunity to get our voice heard, where and when it matters, in building our Health and Social Care system.
We in NIRDP are working in partnership with the PCC to design and develop the training and support programme, bringing our NIRDP Members’ knowledge and experience to the table. Julie Power, our Director and Secretary and a EUPATI Fellow, and Kerry Moore, our RANK Foundation funded “Time to Shine” Intern, are working with Jessica Murray in the PCC to assemble and develop the training package. This will start with a basic introduction to the HSC system, but will lead on to modules covering wider issues, including how to engage and advocate most effectively as an “Expert” Patient/Service User/Carer.