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Priorities for Action 2010/11: Northern Ireland Department of Health, Social Services and Public Safety

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Department of Health, Social Services and Public Safety

Topic: Chronic Conditions
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Type: Report
Region: Northern Ireland
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Northern Ireland Health Minister, Michael McGimpsey recently announced the publication of Priorities for Action 2010/11 for the Department of Health, Social Services and Public Safety.The Priorities for Action 2010-11 identifies seven key areas:· Improving health and reducing inequalities· Ensuring services are safe, sustainable and accessible · Delivering better integration across all services · Helping older people live independently· Improving children’s health and well-being· Improving mental health services and services for people with disabilities· Ensuring financial stability and the effective use of resources.The full document is available herePRIORITY AREA 4: HELP OLDER PEOPLE TO LIVE INDEPENDENTLYAim: to ensure that older people are able to remain independent in their own homes and communities with a good quality of life for as long as possible. With life expectancy increasing, it is important that the HSC supports people to remain healthy both physically and mentally for as long as possible. During 2010-11 Commissioners and Trusts should continue to provide support to help older people live independent lives through ensuring local access to day care and respite services, together with the provision of targeted domiciliary care support, and effective management of long term conditions and end of life care.Effective partnership arrangements should be established with DSD, local councils, voluntary, community and independent sector organisations to provide support to older people including initiatives to reduce social isolation, promote healthy life styles, develop more flexible transport arrangements and reduce fuel poverty. Commissioners and Trusts should continue to support this multi-agency approach.Trusts should ensure that patients discharged from hospital are offered where appropriate active rehabilitation that reduces the need for residential care or domiciliary care. Planning for discharge should begin on admission and plans should be agreed with local integrated teams. Assessment of ongoing needs should take place at home or in intermediate care settings rather than in hospital. Consideration should be given to the needs of carers as part of the assessment process.Providers should ensure that decisions on patients’ long term care needs are made by all relevant professionals within the framework defined in the NI Single Assessment Tool to ensure that a consistent, comprehensive approach is taken in all cases. Patients, clients and carers should be appropriately involved in decisions being made about their community based health and social care. All patients should be provided with a copy of their individual care plan to enable them and their carers to understand the level of care to be provided and who to contact if difficulties arise with care package arrangements.The vital role of carers and the contributions they make as expert partners and the support they need to fulfil this role should be recognised within care plans. Providers should ensure that carers are aware that they have a statutory right to an assessment of their own needs, and the Carer’s Support and Needs Assessment component of NISAT provides an effective and consistent framework for this. Commissioners should plan for services to carers on the basis of the joint Review of Support Provision for Carers published in December 2009.Standards and TargetsThe specific standards and targets to be achieved in 2010-11 are as follows:Supporting people at home (PSA 4.1): from April 2010, the HSC Board and Trusts should ensure at least 45% of people in care management have their assessed care needs met in a domiciliary setting. Assessment and treatment of older people (PSA 4.2): from April 2010, the HSC Board and Trusts should ensure older people with continuing care needs wait no longer than eight weeks for assessment to be completed and should have the main components of their care needs met within a further 12 weeks. Individualised Care Plans: from December 2010, the HSC Board and Trusts should ensure any patient receiving a new care package at home is provided with a copy of their individual care plan to enable them to understand the level of care to be provided and who to contact if difficulties arise with care package arrangements. 

Date:

26/05/2010

Rights: Public
Suggested citation:

Department of Health, Social Services and Public Safety. (2010) Priorities for Action 2010/11: Northern Ireland Department of Health, Social Services and Public Safety [Online]. Available from: http://publichealthwell.ie/node/13183 [Accessed: 16th June 2019].

  

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