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  • News Release Wednesday 28 January 2015

    Wells launches CLARE Project

    Wells launches CLARE ProjectLink to an external website

    Health Minister Jim Wells today launched the ‘Creative Local Action Response & Engagement (CLARE Project) in Belfast.

  • News Release Wednesday 28 January 2015

    Northern Ireland Termination of Pregnancy Statistics 2013/14

    Northern Ireland Termination of Pregnancy Statistics 2013/14Link to an external website

    The Department of Health, Social Services and Public Safety (DHSSPS) today published statistics relating to medical abortions and terminations of pregnancy during 2013/14.

  • News Release Tuesday 27 January 2015

    Wells - Report presents opportunity to transform our Health Service to a world leader

    Wells - Report presents opportunity to transform our Health Service to a world leaderLink to an external website

    Health Minister Jim Wells has published Sir Liam Donaldson’s report which examines the governance arrangements for ensuring the quality of health and social care provision in Northern Ireland.
    Speaking in the Assembly today the Minister said: “This report states that our health system “is likely to be no more or less safe than any other part of the United Kingdom, or indeed any comparable country globally”. Although Sir Liam also acknowledges that we can do better, that statement should be of some comfort and reassurance to those in our community who rely on our health service.”

  • News Release Wednesday 21 January 2015

    New service will benefit adults with autism – Wells

    New service will benefit adults with autism – WellsLink to an external website

    A new information and signposting service that covers a wide range of information needs for adults with autism was launched today by Health Minister Jim Wells.

  • News Release Wednesday 21 January 2015

    Census of Drug and Alcohol Treatment Services in Northern Ireland: 1 September 2014

    Census of Drug and Alcohol Treatment Services in Northern Ireland: 1 September 2014Link to an external website

    The Department of Health, Social Services and Public Safety today published Statistical Bulletin summarising information from the Census of Drug and Alcohol Treatment Services in Northern Ireland.

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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

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.
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.
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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