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

Update on Stroke and Orthopaedic Service Provision

Health Minister Robin Swann has announced important initiatives to improve stroke care and rebuild orthopaedic surgery provision in Northern Ireland. The Minister today published an Action Plan setting out a programme of reform for stroke services. This includes timescales for improvements in key areas including a seven day assessment service for Transient Ischemic Attacks (also known as [...]

By |2022-06-21T09:45:26+01:00June 21st, 2022|NIH News, Regional News|0 Comments

Meaningful Activity in Care Homes: New RCN Guide

New clinical guidance from the RCN Older People’s Forum explains the basics of meaningful activity and how you can use it to support people in your care. The RCN has created new guidance to help care home staff deliver meaningful activity for their residents. Meaningful activity refers to physical, social and leisure activities that are tailored to [...]

By |2022-06-20T14:17:37+01:00June 20th, 2022|NIH News, Regional News|0 Comments

Online Portal Open for Recognition Payments

The Department of Health is reminding social care Personal Assistants who worked during the pandemic to apply for a special recognition payment and has also confirmed that those in the independent sector whose employers have ceased trading can now also apply. The online portal which enables personal assistants to apply for the recognition payment will [...]

By |2022-06-20T10:26:18+01:00June 20th, 2022|NIH News, Regional News|0 Comments

Swann Announces Design Plan Initiative for Reshaping Hospital Care

Health Minister Robin Swann has announced that a design plan will be developed mapping out the future shape of hospital services across Northern Ireland. This will spell out what a reorganised hospital and supporting primary care network can look like and where key services would be provided. It will help move health transformation to a [...]

By |2022-06-16T12:46:51+01:00June 16th, 2022|NIH News, Regional News|0 Comments

Swann Publishes Workforce Action Plan

The Health Minister has today published an ambitious series of actions that will be taken forward over the next three years to help address workforce challenges. The newly published action plan is the second instalment under the Department’s long term ‘Health and Social Care Workforce Strategy 2026: Delivering for Our People’. Minister Swann said: “Our current strategy [...]

By |2022-06-16T09:52:44+01:00June 16th, 2022|NIH News, Regional News|0 Comments

Ulster University Appoints Leading Obesity Expert as Randox Professor of Medicine

Ulster University has announced the appointment of Professor Alex Miras as the first Randox Professor of Medicine providing educational leadership and training at the School of Medicine. Leading obesity authority Professor Alex Miras was appointed to the role following a competitive and rigorous selection process and joins Ulster University this month from Imperial College London. Professor Miras [...]

By |2022-06-15T14:44:01+01:00June 15th, 2022|NIH News, Regional News|0 Comments

Health Foundation Report Backs the RCN Campaign for a Pay Rise for Nursing Staff

A new report, 'Where next for NHS nurses' pay', has again found that a 3% pay award would lead to nurses’ basic earnings falling on average in real terms across different inflation scenarios. The Health Foundation report also highlights the need for a 12.5% pay award for nursing staff, noting that in a higher inflation scenario, [...]

By |2022-06-15T10:37:17+01:00June 15th, 2022|NIH News, Regional News|0 Comments

World Blood Donor Day 2022: Donating Blood is an Act of Solidarity. Join the Effort and Save Lives

World Blood Donor Day takes place on 14 June each year. The Day was created to: raise global awareness of the need for safe blood and blood products for transfusion; highlight the critical contribution voluntary, unpaid blood donors make to national health systems; support national blood transfusion services, blood donor organizations and other nongovernmental organizations [...]

By |2022-06-14T14:38:59+01:00June 14th, 2022|NIH News, Regional News|0 Comments

New Blood Donors Needed

Health Minister Robin Swann is supporting a call from the Northern Ireland Blood Transfusion Service for new blood donors to come forward. The Northern Ireland Blood Transfusion Service’s (NIBTS) appeal coincides with World Blood Donor Day and follows a decline in the number of new people giving blood. Speaking after giving blood at NIBTS headquarters, [...]

By |2022-06-14T14:37:09+01:00June 14th, 2022|NIH News, Regional News|0 Comments