Political Report

20 December 2013

POLITICAL REPORT NI Confederation News   NICON 2014 conference and exhibition In the News   Cancer Research UK alcohol survey highlights consumers’ plans to cut back  Cuts plan promises chaos warn Republic’s doctors  Pubs may be allowed to stay open for longer  Cancer Death rates drop by 22%  Patient’s Recalled over bladder Test Concerns  Clic Sargent organises New Year’s Day dip  Health costs from wind farms. In Plenary   No relevant business In Committee   No relevant business Assembly Research Papers   No relevant business DHSSPS   No relevant business HSCB   Inpatient-based Addiction Treatment Services Consultation Extended [HSCB]  Regional e-Health & Care Strategy [HSCB]  Transforming Your Care event discusses changes planned for Southern area [HSCB] Political Parties   No relevant business Non-Departmental/Statutory Bodies   Health Minister officially opens Grangewood [WHSCT]  Working with the Community to Tackle Alcohol Misuse Together [WHSCT]  New Dementia Suite Opens in Bayview [SEHSCT]  Precautionary Patient Recall [BHSCT]  RQIA Publishes Independent Review of Statutory Fostering Services in Northern Ireland in Northern Ireland [RQIA]  Don’t let excess alcohol ruin festive fun [PHA] Stakeholder News   No relevant business

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NICON 2014 conference and exhibition
The NICON 2014 conference and exhibition brings over 300 leaders from the HSC, partner organisations and service users together under one roof Better Together - Improving Outcomes Through Innovation and Implementation When: Wednesday 5 and Thursday 6 March Free gala reception and dinner: Wednesday 5 March Where: La Mon Hotel, Belfast View the draft programme and BOOK YOUR PLACE Hear from high profile and inspirational speakers Speakers include Edwin Poots, the Northern Ireland Minister for Health; Dr Andrew, McCormick, Permanent Secretary at the Department of Health Social Services and Public Safety; and Simon Hamilton, Minister at Department of Finance and Personnel. They will be joined by a number of prominent local and global speakers from across the health and social care sector and beyond. See the latest speaker line-up. Book to attend a range of best practice breakout sessions You can book to attend a range of breakout sessions offering best practice examples and practical solutions on implementing transformational change:
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Engaging service users - rhetoric or reality? Driving innovation Clinical leaders - creating a new paradigm? Cafe conversations

Find out more about each of the breakouts and book to attend your preferred sessions. Make the most of essential networking opportunities Delegates will be able to network and engage with colleagues from across the health and social care world and join with leaders from the voluntary, community, statutory and independent sectors at our free gala reception and dinner. Find innovative products and services in the exhibition Meet with over 30 partners and suppliers and find out about new and innovative products and services in the exhibition. An interactive Innovation Hub area will form a core part of the exhibition space.

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Who should attend?
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HSC chairpersons, chief executives, executive and non-executive directors, senior managers, clinicians and practitioners partners and stakeholders working in central and local government, academic institutions, professional bodies and unions and health related industries commercial organisations that are involved or have an interest in healthcare delivery £100+ VAT for service users £140+ VAT for HSCHNI / public sector / voluntary and community sector delegates £185+ VAT for commercial delegates

Delegate rates
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All delegates can take advantage of our group booking offer - pay for a group of five and get a sixth place for free. Book your place
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Book your place using our online booking form. Group online booking form for six delegates or more.

If you require any assistance with your booking, please contact our Events team on: 0844 800 5987. Booking terms and conditions.

IN THE NEWS

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The Belfast Telegraph’s Christmas campaign raised thousands. The Belfast Telegraph reported that business people across Northern Ireland have raised thousands of pounds for research aimed at ending congenital heart disease in babies. This was in support of the Belfast Telegraph’s Christmas campaign which is this year supporting Chest Heart & Stroke’s Baby Hearts Appeal. The initiative will fund the Baby Hearts Study – a ground-breaking research study in Belfast. (17/12/13, Belfast Telegraph, p. 22) Health costs from wind farms. The Belfast Telegraph reported on increased evidence that wind farms are causing seriously adverse health problems. The main concerns are in association with noise from the turbines, particularly arising from sleep disturbance and deprivation of sleep. (17/12/13, Belfast Telegraph, p. 26) Clic Sargent organises New Year’s Day dip The Belfast Telegraph reported on CLIC Sargent New Year’s Day dip which has been organised to welcome 2014 and raise funds from their ‘Homes from Home’ Appeal. The Appeal aims to build two specialist homes in close proximity to Belfast’s principal cancer treatment centres,

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for families that are going through a cancer journey. (17/12/13, Belfast Telegraph, p. 4 (Christmas guide)) Patient’s Recalled over bladder Test Concerns The Irish News reported that more than 1,000 patients that underwent Bladder surgery in Belfast City Hospital have been recalled. The patients will undergo the same treatment because of a small number of cases where the care given was not up to standards. (18/12/13, Irish News, p.14) (18/12/13, Belfast Telegraph, p.2) Cancer Death rates drop by 22% The Belfast telegraph reported on the decrease in deaths from cancer. Cancer Research UK claim that the number of people dying from cancer in the UK has decreased by a fifth since 1990. Improvements have been made due to preventative measures and superior medical and surgical techniques. (18/12/13, Belfast Telegraph, p.24) Pubs may be allowed to stay open for longer An increase in the amount of time pubs can remain open is being considered as part of the consultation into the reform of liquor licensing. Minister, Nelson McCausland said however that restrictions on the sale and supply of alcohol are necessary in battle for health. (19/12/13, The Irish News, p.13) Cuts plan promises chaos warn Republic’s doctors Doctors have warned that plans to implement EUR619m in cuts this year is a promise for chaos in the Republic’s Health Services. (19/12/13, The Irish News, p.16) Cancer Research UK alcohol survey highlights consumers’ plans to cut b ack A light-hearted survey by Cancer Research UK showed that more than a third of people in NI are planning to cut back on their drinking habits this Christmas. (20/12/13, The Belfast Telegraph p.30)

ASSEMBLY PLENARY

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The Assembly is currently in recess and will resume on 14 January.

ASSEMBLY COMMITTEES

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The Assembly is currently in recess and will resume on 14 January.

ASSEMBLY RESEARCH PAPERS

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No relevant business

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DHSSPS

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HSCB

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Inpatient-based Addiction Treatment Services Consultation Extended [HSCB] The Health and Social Care Board is extending the consultation process on the proposed reconfiguration of inpatient services for adults requiring addiction treatment until Friday 24 January 2014. The purpose of the consultation is to consider how specialist in-patient beds, used for the treatment of those with alcohol and substance misuse, could be better organised to improve the services provided throughout Northern Ireland. Regional e-Health & Care Strategy [HSCB] The Health and Social Care Board (HSCB), the Public Health Agency (PHA) and the five Health and Social Care Trusts in Northern Ireland are developing a new plan on how technology should be used in the delivery of health and social care services. They are ready to begin a public engagement process on a preliminary outline of the e-Health and Care Strategy for Northern Ireland. Transforming Your Care event discusses changes planned for Southern area [HSCB] A public engagement event has taken place to discuss Transforming Your Care (TYC) changes planned across the five district council areas of Armagh, Newry and Mourne, Craigavon, Banbridge, Dungannon and South Tyrone. The event, which was organised by the Southern Local Commissioning Group invited members of the public, elected representatives and individuals and groups from the community and voluntary sector to come along and hear about the range of health and social care changes planned in line with the Transforming Your Care review.

POLITICAL PARTIES

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NON-DEPARTMENTAL/STATUTORY BODIES

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Precautionary Patient Recall [BHSCT] Belfast Trust has recalled 1113 urology patients as a precautionary measure following a review of number of patient notes. The patients who have been asked back will have attended Belfast City Hospital for a bladder camera test / cystoscopy during 2012 and 2013. New Dementia Suite Opens in Bayview [SEHSCT] A new Dementia Suite for service users has been officially opened in Bayview Centre in Bangor by Lady Sylvia Hermon. ‘The Butterfly Suite’ is a purpose built self-contained unit

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within Bayview which is designed to meet the needs of 10 service users with Dementia and is open on Tuesday’s and Thursdays. Working with the Community to Tackle Alcohol Misuse Together [WHSCT] Alcohol misuse has a widespread impact on our society, effecting individuals, families and the wider community as a whole. The Western Trust has welcomed Big Lottery Funding of £1,198 million for projects in the Western area that have been set up to address alcoholism and help those with alcohol related problems. Health Minister officially opens Grangewood [WHSCT] A new £10.8million purpose built hospital to replaced Gransha Hospital in Londonderry, was officially opened by the Health Minister Edwin Poots. The new crisis unit will provide inpatient acute mental health care, alongside a 24 hour, seven days a week crisis response and home treatment service. Don’t let excess alcohol ruin festive fun [PHA] With the festive party season in full swing, the Public Health Agency (PHA) is urging people to watch their alcohol intake over Christmas. RQIA Publishes Independent Review of Statutory Fostering Services in Northern Ireland in Northern Ireland [RQIA] RQIA has published an independent review of statutory fostering services in Northern Ireland. The independent review team, which included lay membership, and inspectors from the Scottish and Welsh care regulators, sought the views of foster carers, children and of staff supporting these services. The clear message coming from children and young people looked after by foster carers is the need to feel secure, and to be treated the same as children living with their own parents.

STAKEHOLDER NEWS

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