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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, and that they are caught and convicted if they offend
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.
As a result, a draft strategy was developed, which was the subject of a public consultation from 28 September 2011 to 23 January 2012.
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. Within the document, twenty two objectives have been identified which link to the six outcomes.


Diabetes Review Steering GroupDHSSPS has published the findings of the Report of the Steering Group chaired by the Chief Medical Officer examining services for people with diabetes.
The report assesses progress against the objectives of the original CREST/Diabetes UK Joint Taskforce Report (2003).
There is an overview of the epidemiology of the condition as well as an assessment of current service provision, identified gaps and emergent priorities.

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