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  • Children's nursing (CCN) service
    Workforce planning education and development Effective robust workforce planning should be developed which will help Health and Social Care Trusts HSCTs plan for future requirements including education and training needs The number of students entering pre registration children s programmes must be kept under review to meet current service needs and future developments To improve retention HSCTs should develop employment packages that encourage staff to remain in Northern Ireland Innovative measures to ensure the availability of clinical experiences for children s nurses which reflect current trends relating to the delivery of care need to be developed Nurse education must ensure the availability of appropriately qualified nurse educators according to service need Key achievements for health visiting school nursing and children s nursing Leading the implementation of the DHSSPS Review of health visiting and school nursing 2 Led the development and implementation of the first Family Nurse Partnership FNP pilot initiative in Northern Ireland Completed a scoping exercise on the delivery of childhood vaccinations in primary and community care Leading the development and implementation of World Health Organization WHO growth charts Led the development and the continuing implementation of the electronic family health assessment Led the development and implementation of the revised child health promotion programme Healthy Child Healthy Future Led the development and implementation of pre school speech language and vision guidance for all healthcare professionals Led the implementation of the H1N1 flu vaccine for pregnant women programme Items of interest October 2009 Healthy Child Programme The Two Year Review pdf 3 User requirements specification for family health assessment pdf 4 PCHR Professional Guidance revised final September 2010 pdf 5 HCHF Factsheet 1 Handout Does my child speak clearly pdf 6 HCHF Factsheet 4 Handout Dummies and talking pdf 7 HCHF Factsheet 5 Does my child have a voice problem

    Original URL path: http://www.publichealthagency.org/print/818 (2016-02-11)
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  • Primary care nursing
    safety of services to patients and communities lead in the development of practice nursing Staff structures The new regional primary care nursing team is located in County Hall Ballymena Rose McHugh Lead Primary Care Nurse Kathy Nicholl Primary Care Nurse Advisers eastern and southern locality Michelle Hutchinson Primary Care Nurse Advisers eastern and southern locality Marie Carey Primary Care Nurse Advisers northern and western locality Aims Provide strategic direction in relation to practice employed nurses considering the impact of proposed developments and in response to identified needs and challenges Provide support advice and guidance to practice employed nurses their employers and other statutory organisations on all aspects of practice nursing Facilitate learning and development opportunities for all practice employed nurses to enable sharing of best practice Key objectives Develop robust regional communication networks with primary care colleagues eg website face to face practice visits PN forums telephone contacts email networks Facilitate re design of nurses roles to meet changes in service requirements eg in response to Primary Care Partnership proposals Quality and Outcomes Framework enhanced services Support learning and development and facilitate appropriate training opportunities Develop clinical and professional standards and guidelines for practice nurses Develop systems and processes to help practice nurses effectively discharge professional and regulatory responsibilities eg appraisal and supervision systems Review skill mix and support the safe development of the healthcare assistant HCA role and function Ensure health and social wellbeing health improvement and health protection remain key priorities Key achievements This year we held a facilitated workshop to agree the annual work plan for the primary care nursing team We completed a training needs analysis of GP employed nurses in the western area and have since developed a regional workforce questionnaire which will be used to survey all GP employed nursing staff This will help

    Original URL path: http://www.publichealthagency.org/print/821 (2016-02-11)
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  • Community care nursing
    and work alongside other healthcare professionals such as social services to provide holistic high quality care to acutely and chronically ill patients of all ages District nurses work very closely with GPs They can provide access to specialist nursing equipment and teams such as continence team tissue viability oncology and palliative care team diabetic team 24 hour nursing team heart failure nurses Treatment rooms Treatment room nurses work in partnership with GP staff at health centres For patients registered with a GP the nurse can provide treatment discuss health issues and refer to other health professionals as required Treatment room nurses can carry out a wide range of clinical procedures and offer specialist advice on a variety of health and lifestyle issues Read more 2 24 hour rapid response The 24 hour rapid response nursing team provides nursing care and support over a 24 hour period to patients who can safely be cared for at home rather than being admitted to or staying in hospital This team also provides urgent out of hours nursing care Read more 3 Twilight nursing A nursing auxiliary service provided for patients living at home Specialist teams Specialist teams usually include a range of healthcare professionals and are designed to support and complement community nursing services in treating specific conditions or situations Specialist nurses have not only a general nursing background but also specialised knowledge and skills to deal with chronic disease management eg diabetes COPD heart failure etc Read more 4 Referrals Referrals to the service can be made through your GP or by calling the referral call management centre More information can be found at the links below Belfast Health and Social Care Trust www belfasttrust hscni net CommunityNursing htm 5 Northern Health and Social Care Trust www northerntrust hscni net services 470

    Original URL path: http://www.publichealthagency.org/print/822 (2016-02-11)
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  • Nurse prescribing
    Supplementary prescribers are suitably qualified health professionals who are able to prescribe any medicine including controlled drugs within the framework of a patient specific clinical management plan agreed with a doctor Nurses pharmacists physiotherapists chiropodists podiatrists radiographers and optometrists are able to qualify and register as supplementary prescribers Independent prescribing This is prescribing by a practitioner responsible and accountable for the assessment of patients with undiagnosed conditions and for decisions about the clinical management required including prescribing Qualified nurse independent prescribers are able to prescribe any licensed medicine for any medical condition within their competence including some controlled drugs Qualified pharmacist independent prescribers are able to prescribe any licensed medicine for any medical condition within their competence with the exception of controlled drugs It is expected that nurse and pharmacist independent prescribers will work within their specialism and that no nurse or pharmacist will prescribe all medicines Community practitioner nurse prescribers can prescribe from a limited formulary V100 Since 1 May 2006 nurses and pharmacists have been able to qualify and register as independent prescribers nurse independent and supplementary prescribing V300 On 28 August 2007 The Department of Health DH issued a press release announcing that optometrists would be able to train as independent prescribers The changes apply throughout the United Kingdom in the NHS and the independent and voluntary sectors and optometrists prescribing practice is informed by guidelines from the College of Optometrists Prescriptions from your high street opticians press release pdf 2 The following documents provide information and guidance relating to non medical prescribing in Northern Ireland Supplementary prescribing by nurses and pharmacists within the HPSS in NI pdf 3 Best practice guidance for supplementary prescribing by nurses within the HPSS in NI pdf 4 A guide to implementing nurse and pharmacist independent prescribing within the HPSS in NI pdf 5 Enhancing primary and community care Non medical prescribing pdf 6 Guidance for non medical prescribing within GP practices in Northern Ireland A regional guidance framework for the development and implementation of non medical prescribing within GP practices has been developed This establishes a consistent approach for non medical prescribing and applies to all registered nurses pharmacists and other allied healthcare professionals employed or engaged by a GP practice and who undertake prescribing as part of that role Professional Letter Responsibilities of Non Medical Practitioners intending to prescribe on a private basis June 2011 pdf 7 Guidance for non medical prescribing within GP practices November 2008 doc 8 Guidance for non medical prescribing within GP practices November 2008 pdf 9 Items of interest Mixing and administering medicines in palliative care Outcome of consultation exercise on proposals for regularising the position of those mixing and administering medicines in palliative care pdf 10 Non medical prescribing changes in legislation DHSSPS letter Feb 2010 pdf 11 Controlled drugs Please see the letter below from the DHSSPS with information on the prescribing of controlled drugs by nurse independent supplementary prescribers Prescribing of controlled drugs by nurse independent prescribers DHSSPS letter May 2008

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  • Mental health and learning disability services
    disorder services provision of research funding to enable a rapid review of personality disorders which will provide evidence to assist direct work in this field We are leading the implementation of the regional strategy for perinatal mental health and the associated work streams which include developing a regional integrated care pathway service developments and improvements developing planning and delivering training and awareness This year we completed a review of addiction services in the Belfast and South Eastern Health and Social Care Trust HSCT areas This work has been used to take forward a regional review of inpatient addiction beds across Northern Ireland We have participated in the development of the DHSSPS strategic framework Delivering excellence support recovery a professional framework for mental health issues in Northern Ireland 2011 2016 pdf 1 and will jointly chair the implementation of the strategy in conjunction with departmental colleagues from the nursing and midwifery advisory group in the forthcoming year We continue to provide lead nurse advice and support to the PHA in the management of potential suicide clusters and suicide prevention As part of the PHA we work with HSCB colleagues to improve the range and quality of services for people of all ages with learning disabilities leading on the implementation of the directly enhanced service for people with learning disabilities across Northern Ireland We also represent nursing and the PHA in the development of a service framework for people with a learning disability We have led the regional review on the use of special observation across adult psychiatric inpatient beds This work has been taken forward in conjunction with HSCB and HSCT colleagues and draft regional guidelines on the use of observation and therapeutic engagement in adult psychiatric inpatient facilities in Northern Ireland have been produced and sent out for consultation Once

    Original URL path: http://www.publichealthagency.org/print/826 (2016-02-11)
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  • Palliative and End of Life Care Programme
    and end of life care programme aims to design and support the delivery of co ordinated services to enable people with palliative and end of life care needs to have choice in their place of care greater access to services and improved outcomes at the end of their lives This two year programme will support the implementation of Transforming Your Care recommendations in Northern Ireland The programme is based on the Delivering Choice methodology developed by Marie Curie which uses a whole systems approach to improve care and outcomes More information can be found here 1 Programme updates are listed below Transforming Your Palliative and End of Life Care Update Feb 2014 pdf 2 Transforming Your Palliative and End of Life Care Update May 2014 pdf 3 Transforming Your Palliative and End of Life Care Update June 2014 pdf 4 2011 Public Health Agency Designed and produced by the Public Health Agency Source URL http www publichealthagency org directorate nursing and allied health professions nursing palliative and end life care programme Links 1 http www mariecurie org uk en GB Commissioners and referrers Commissioning our services pilot projects Northern Ireland programme Tab 1 2 http www publichealthagency org sites default

    Original URL path: http://www.publichealthagency.org/print/2284 (2016-02-11)
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  • Palliative Care Week 6-11 October | HSC Public Health Agency
    Ireland Institute of Hospice and Palliative Care AIIHPC and we want to encourage serious but positive conversations We aim to raise a deeper public understanding of palliative care regarding when it can be used who it is for and what its benefits are Palliative Care Palliative Care is for those living with a serious or progressive medical condition that is unlikely to be cured such as advanced respiratory disease heart failure renal disease neurological conditions and dementia Palliative Care services can be delivered either by generalist staff or by staff who specialise in palliative care General palliative care is delivered by multi disciplinary teams in primary and community care settings hospital units and wards A general palliative care approach is required by most people and is provided by General Practitioners District Nurses Allied Health Professionals AHPs and Social Workers Professionals within these fields recognise when specialist palliative care is needed Specialist palliative care is the management of unresolved physical emotional social or spiritual symptoms It is delivered by specialist multi disciplinary teams dedicated to palliative care What does palliative care do Palliative care provides relief from pain and other distressing symptoms affirms life and regards dying as a normal process intends neither to hasten or postpone death integrates the psychological and spiritual aspects of patient care offers a support system to help patients live as actively as possible until death offers a support system to help the family cope during the patients illness and in their own bereavement uses a team approach to address the needs of patients and their families including bereavement counselling if indicated will enhance quality of life and may also positively influence the course of illness is applicable early in the course of illness in conjunction with other therapies that are intended to prolong life such as chemotherapy or radiation therapy and includes those investigations needed to better understand and manage distressing clinical complications Where is palliative care available In Northern Ireland Palliative Care is provided by General Practice Health and Social Care Trusts Belfast Northern Southern Southern South Eastern Western and the Northern Ireland Ambulance Service Northern Ireland Hospice Southern Area Hospice Services Foyle Hospice and Marie Curie Palliative Care is also provided by a range of voluntary and community organisations such as Macmillan For a comprehensive list of services broken down by county across the Northern Ireland go to the website of the Irish Association of Palliative Care at www iapc ie iapc directory php Key Messages A Palliative Care approach Aims to achieve the best possible quality of life for people with serious illness Cares for all aspects of the person mind body and spiritual Is beneficial for anyone with a non curable illness regardless of age or condition Supports family friends and carers both during an illness and afterwards Should be considered as early as possible May be suitable for a number of years not just the weeks and days at the end of life Palliative Care is for A baby born

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  • Survey seeks views on services for children and young people
    with special educational needs SEN and is asking for views on the services they use The survey will ask parents and carers what their opinions and experiences are on Allied Health Professions AHP support services for children with a statement of special educational needs AHP services include occupational therapy physiotherapy speech and language therapy dietetics podiatry and orthoptics Dr Eddie Rooney Chief Executive of the PHA said We have gathered views from parents of children in special schools and now we are gathering views from parents of children with statements of SEN who attend mainstream schools The purpose of this review is to look at AHP services and agree the best way of meeting the needs of our children and young people We want to ensure that we are working in the best way to help improve outcomes for these young people Views are also being sought from teachers and AHP practitioners and all surveys can be carried out online The parent carer questionnaire can be found at www surveymonkey com s ReviewofAHPsupportforchildrenandyoungpeoplewithastatementofSENPhase2parentsandcarersquestionnaire 1 The teaching staff and AHP practitioner survey can be found at www surveymonkey com s ReviewofAHPsupportforchildrenandyoungpeoplewithastatementofSENPhase2AHPandteachingstaff 2 2 If your children use other AHP services the

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