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Mental health and learning disabilities focus group meetings
Calling all people with mental health problems or a learning disability. DHSSPS would like to hear from you
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Your Health Matters

CMO Report 2013-2014
In his eighth annual report Northern Ireland’s Chief Medical Officer Dr Michael McBride said that much work had been done in the last year to ensure that people in Northern Ireland received high quality, safe and effective health care though further work was needed.
He highlighted the Donaldson Report, "The Right Time, The Right Place", published in January 2015 and said: "Donaldson has given a new voice to a number of problems which already existed in Northern Ireland.
View the Chief Medical Officer's Annual Report (PDF 4MB) on the health of the population of Northern Ireland.
Transforming Your Care

Transforming Your Care

Transforming Your Care sets out an overarching road map for change in the provision of health and social care services in Northern Ireland. It focuses on reshaping how services are to be structured and delivered in order to make best use of all resources available to us, and in so doing, ensure that our services are safe, resilient and sustainable into the future.
Visit our Transforming Your Care web pages for further information

The Donaldson Report

Health Minister Jim Wells and Sir Liam Donaldson
An expert examination of the application of health and social care governance arrangements for ensuring the quality of care provision in Northern Ireland.
You are now invited to share your views on the recommendations from the Donaldson Report. Responses must be received no later than Friday 22 May 2015.

Making Life Better - A Whole System Framework for Public Health 2013-2023

Making Life Better
Making Life Better" is the strategic framework for public health. It is designed to provide direction for policies and actions to improve the health and wellbeing of people in Northern Ireland and to reduce inequalities in health.
It builds on the former public health strategy "Investing for Health" and takes account of consultation feedback on the draft framework "Fit and Well – Changing Lives" and a number of other key reports and evidence.
Maternity Strategy
Maternity StrategyDHSSPS has carried out a review of policy on maternity service provision in Northern Ireland.
The review focused on the best available evidence for the care and treatment of mothers-to-be; quality, safety and service sustainability; wider workforce issues; and professional roles and responsibilities.
The strategy aims to provide women and their partners, HSC staff, commissioners and policy makers with a clear pathway for maternity care in Northern Ireland from pre conceptual care through to postnatal care.

Pharmacy in the Community

Pharmacy logo
In 2004, the Department published “Making it Better”, a strategy for pharmacy in the community which led to the development of a number of regionally and locally commissioned services to address public health challenges and improve medicines use.
This resulted in a range of services that are available in most community pharmacies today which include; minor ailments, repeat dispensing; medicines use review and smoking cessation services.

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