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  • News Release Thursday 18 December 2014

    Health & Social Care Trusts - Extension of appointment of fourteen Non-Executive Directors

    Health & Social Care Trusts - Extension of appointment of fourteen Non-Executive DirectorsLink to an external website

    Health Minister, Jim Wells, today announced the extension of the appointment of fourteen non-executive Directors to the five Health and Social Care Trusts from 1 April 2015 to 31 March 2016.

  • News Release Thursday 18 December 2014

    Northern Ireland Fireworks Injuries Statistics 2014

    Northern Ireland Fireworks Injuries Statistics 2014Link to an external website

    The Department of Health, Social Services and Public Safety (DHSSPS) today published statistics relating to injuries caused by fireworks during the 2014 Halloween period (17 October to 14 November).

  • News Release Wednesday 17 December 2014

    Support for people living with a brain injury

    Support for people living with a brain injuryLink to an external website

    Health Minister Jim Wells has visited Headway Newry to see firsthand the excellent work carried out by the organisation.
    Headway Newry is a local registered charity supporting people living with a brain injury, their carers and families, within the Southern Health and Social Care Trust.

  • News Release Tuesday 16 December 2014

    New medical assessment unit will ensure appropriate and timely patient care – Wells

    New medical assessment unit will ensure appropriate and timely patient care – WellsLink to an external website

    Health Minister Jim Wells today visited the new Medical Assessment Unit at Craigavon Area Hospital to see how it was helping to take pressure off the hospital's Emergency Department.

  • News Release Tuesday 16 December 2014

    Health Minister visits Southern Area Hospice

    Health Minister visits Southern Area HospiceLink to an external website

    Health Minister, Jim Wells MLA, today visited the Southern Area Hospice at its premises in St John’s House, Newry.
    During the visit the Minister was given a tour of the facility and had the opportunity to meet with local people who use the Hospice and its services. He also met with Hospice management and staff and heard how services are delivered both at the Hospice itself and in the community.

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Statistics and Research for the Department of Health, Social Services and Public Safety is provided by the Information and Analysis Directorate (IAD).
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Features

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

Your Health Matters

Your Health Matters
In his seventh annual report Northern Ireland’s Chief Medical Officer Dr Michael McBride is pleased to report that improvements in the health of the public in Northern Ireland are being maintained as evidenced by the steady increase in life expectancy and reductions in the death rates for heart disease and a number of cancers in those under 75 years.
The ten year Investing for Health Strategy was launched in 2002 was successful in addressing and narrowing some of the health inequalities within our community.
View the Chief Medical Officers Annual Report (PDF 4.85MB) on the health of the population of Northern Ireland.

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.
Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual Exploitation (CSE), led by Kathleen Marshall
CSE ReportThis report looks at how child sexual exploitation (CSE) takes place in Northern Ireland. It explores how children and young people, parents, communities and professionals can work together to understand what is happening and take steps to ensure that we support children and young people to enter healthy relationships and avoid abuse. It is also important to send out a strong message to those who abuse children that the community in Northern Ireland is determined to ensure that they fail in their attempts.
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

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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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