More healthcare professionals can now certify fit notes

Authorised nurses, occupational therapists, pharmacists and physiotherapists can now certify and issue fit notes in addition to doctors. New legislation has been introduced in Northern Ireland which will allow a wider range of healthcare professionals to certify fit notes. The change will enable patients to get advice and fit notes from their healthcare professional - without [...]

By |2022-07-21T16:09:51+01:00July 21st, 2022|NIH News, Regional News|0 Comments

Cambrian Alliance Group Appoints Joe McKenna

The Cambrian Alliance Group today announces the appointment of Joe McKenna to its senior leadership team as Group Sales and Marketing Director. Previously Sales Director at Phoenix Healthcare Distribution Ltd, McKenna brings with him a wealth of pharmacy and wholesale experience that spans 30 years. “I am delighted to be joining the group and taking [...]

By |2022-07-07T13:55:43+01:00July 7th, 2022|NIH News, Respiratory|0 Comments

Regulation of Pharmacy Technicians in Northern Ireland Moves Forward

Health Minister Robin Swann today announced he has approved work to begin to bring Pharmacy Technicians in Northern Ireland under statutory regulation by the Pharmaceutical Society of Northern Ireland. The public consultation was launched in March 2022 on a proposal to introduce statutory regulation of the Pharmacy Technician workforce in Northern Ireland. The Minister said: [...]

By |2022-06-29T14:26:42+01:00June 29th, 2022|NIH News, Regional News|0 Comments

Swann Hears of Invaluable Work Aided by Carers Fund

Robin Swann met today with two groups in Larne who have been awarded funding totalling £107,000 through the Support for Carers Fund. During his visit to the Mae Murray Foundation premises the Health Minister heard first hand from representatives of the Foundation and also from Action for Children who outlined how they had utilised the [...]

By |2022-06-29T10:10:14+01:00June 29th, 2022|NIH News, Regional News|0 Comments

Report Calls for a New Legal Framework for the Management of Controlled Drugs in Hospitals Settings

97% of pharmacy staff believe that current guidance on Controlled Drugs (CD) needs to be updated to provide instructions on how best to manage CDs digitally1.  The survey results coincide with the launch of an advisory paper around the handling of controlled drugs in hospitals using automation and digital systems. The paper includes recommendations from [...]

By |2022-06-28T14:29:40+01:00June 28th, 2022|NIH News, Regional News|0 Comments

Consultations on Whistleblowing and Violence and Aggression in the Workplace Launched

Health Minister Robin Swann today launched two separate public consultations on Whistleblowing and on Violence and Aggression in the workplace. Both consultations will seek views on how we protect Health and Social Care staff and provide an environment in which they feel safe and confident to carry out their duties and to raise concerns if [...]

By |2022-06-27T15:13:29+01:00June 27th, 2022|NIH News, Regional News|0 Comments

Leading Surgeons Visit Queen’s Medical Education Learning Hub

Leading surgeons from Northern Ireland, Wales and England met with medical education leaders from Queen’s University today, to discuss innovative ways of learning that will equip the next generation of healthcare professionals. The Royal College of Surgeons of England (RCS Eng) Vice President Mr Tim Mitchell, Council Member Miss Susan Hill and RCS Eng Northern [...]

By |2022-06-27T14:59:45+01:00June 27th, 2022|NIH News, Regional News|0 Comments

WHO Statement on Menstrual Health and Rights

50th session of the Human Rights Council Panel discussion on menstrual hygiene management, human rights and gender equality Menstrual Health is firmly on the global agenda today. Menstrual Health was not on the agenda of the International Conference on the Population and Development or the Millennium Declaration. Nor it is explicitly stated in the Sustainable [...]

By |2022-06-23T14:41:26+01:00June 23rd, 2022|NIH News, Regional News|0 Comments

Health Minister Increases HSC Mileage Rate

Health Minister Robin Swann has announced a mileage rate increase for Health Trust staff. The increase applies to work-related car travel by Agenda for Change (AfC) staff, including Trust employed domiciliary care workers and district nurses. The current rates are 56ppm for the first 3,500 miles, and 20ppm for each mile thereafter. After considering a [...]

By |2022-06-23T10:14:14+01:00June 23rd, 2022|NIH News, Regional News|0 Comments

Statement by Health Minister Robin Swann on Independent Neurology Inquiry Report

“My thoughts today are very much with all the patients and families affected by the neurology recall. “Once again, on behalf of the entire health service, I extend my heartfelt apologies to all those who have been so badly let down. “I fully appreciate that this is a harrowing day for patients and families, and [...]

By |2022-06-22T14:07:20+01:00June 22nd, 2022|NIH News, Regional News|0 Comments