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Health Tech Spring conference showcases overwhelming growth in NI Health and Life Sciences

Health Tech Spring conference showcases overwhelming growth in NI Health and Life Sciences Hosted by the Health Innovation and Research Alliance NI (HIRANI), Health Tech Spring is a two-day conference taking place in Belfast on 29 & 30 April 2024. Following on from a sold-out summit last year, HIRANI have expanded the event into a …

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PDA begins first-ever strike ballot for members in Northern Ireland

Following detailed consultation with PDA members, the PDA Union has begun its first-ever strike ballot. Members in Northern Ireland directly employed by the NHS under Agenda for Change terms and conditions will start receiving ballot papers from 28 February. Paul Moloney, PDA Union National Officer explains, “This will be a postal ballot as required by law …

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‘We strike for the future of the NHS’: RCN strike action begins

The largest strike in RCN history starts today, as nursing staff in England, Northern Ireland and Wales demand fair pay and patient safety. Today (15 December), up to 100,000 nursing staff are taking part in strikes in England, Northern Ireland and Wales, in objection to years of real-terms pay cuts and concerns over patient safety. …

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Start formal NHS pay negotiations now, demands RCN, as new report shows UK nursing staff are worse off than their European counterparts

Health Secretary Steve Barclay can still stop imminent strikes if he chooses to value nursing staff and pay them fairly. As new research shows the UK is the “sick man of Europe” when it comes to nursing pay, RCN General Secretary & Chief Executive Pat Cullen has written to Health Secretary Steve Barclay demanding the …

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Sima Hassan elected as the new President of the PDA BAME Pharmacists Network

Sima Hassan elected as the new President of the PDA BAME Pharmacists Network Birmingham, UK. 30 November 2022. The Network is delighted to announce the newly elected officers of the PDA BAME Network who will also be working closely with the other PDA Equality, Diversity, and Inclusion Networks (EDI). Thank you to everyone who took part in …

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Departing Minister Thanks Health and Care Staff

Health Minister Robin Swann marked his final day in office by sending a personal tribute to health service staff. In a letter issued to staff, the Minister highlighted their sacrifices and commitment during the COVID-19 pandemic. He said the pandemic demonstrated the need for a resilient and well-resourced health service, adding, ‘Everyone in government, both …

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Regional Workforce Review across Learning Disability Multi-Disciplinary Teams and Services

Regional Workforce Review across Adult Learning Disability Teams and Services Learning Disability services continue to remain a key priority for the Department of Health, Health and Social Care Trusts and the Independent and Private Sectors. A number of key reviews and legislative changes have been carried out to help understand the services that are currently being provided …

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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 …

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