Research Papers 2012

Synopsis Here you will find a list of Committee for Health, Social Services and Public Safety research papers published during 2012.

  • Child Protection

    Reference: 191/12 - Date: 12/12/2012

    Background briefing jointly prepared by the Research and Information Service (RaISe) of the Northern Ireland Assembly and by the Library & Research Service (L&RS) of the Houses of the Oireachtas (Tithe an Oireachtais).

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  • Clinical Excellence Awards Schemes

    Reference: 150/12 - Date: 09/10/2012

    This briefing paper provides an overview of Clinical Excellence Awards Schemes in the UK.

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  • Diabetes: Policies, Service Commissioning and Costs

    Reference: 148/12 - Date: 08/10/2012

    This briefing paper explores the issue of diabetes. In particular, it provides: A brief overview of diabetes; Statistics concerning the number of people affected; Policies and standards for diabetes care in Northern Ireland and the UK; Commissioning of diabetes services and service provision in Northern Ireland; Costs associated with diabetes care; Details of diabetes policies and plans in Europe, and examples of good practice elsewhere.

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  • DHSSPS Expenditure Plans 2012-13

    Reference: 147/12 - Date: 05/10/2012

    This paper provides an overview of the Department of Health, Social Services and Public Safety’s Planned Resource Expenditure for the 2012-13 financial year.

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  • The Mental Capacity Bill and Children under 16

    Reference: 146/12 - Date: 05/10/2012

    The paper is in response to a research request from the Committee for Health, Social Services and Public Safety in relation to the key issues and stakeholder perspectives on the proposed Mental Capacity (Health, Welfare and Finance) Bill and children under 16 years of age.

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  • Health Inequalities – Review by Committee for HSSPS

    Reference: 140/12 - Date: 28/09/2012

    This paper has been prepared specifically in relation to the Committee’s review and is to assist the Committee to identify on which areas of health inequalities it wishes to focus.

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  • Health Inequalities in Northern Ireland by Constituency

    Reference: 135/12 - Date: 21/09/2012

    This Briefing Paper reviews the available evidence on health inequalities in Northern Ireland by Assembly Area / Parliamentary Constituency. The paper begins with a brief analysis of the Northern Ireland Multiple Deprivation Measure (NIMDM), a suite of indicators which reflect inequalities in areas such as health. This is followed by an examination of 11 key health indicators at constituency level.

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  • Health Inequalities in Northern Ireland

    Reference: 134/12 - Date: 21/09/2012

    This briefing paper has been prepared in response to a query regarding health inequalities in Northern Ireland (NI) and presents an introduction to the subject in terms of how health inequalities in NI are monitored, strategies and programmes to tackle them and the outcome of these.

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  • Waiting Times – Supplementary Briefing

    Reference: 120/12 - Date: 10/08/2012

    This briefing paper has been prepared as a supplementary briefing to cover issues raised by the Committee for HSSPS in response to the Briefing paper 104/12 Northern Ireland Waiting Lists: Current and Historical Trends for Outpatients, Inpatients and Diagnostic Services. The areas covered by the briefing include: •A review of the key messages from the April 2012 RaISe briefing paper with the addition of a brief update of the latest waiting times in Northern Ireland for June 2012 •The various waiting time targets/standards across the UK – rationale and measurements used; •The private practice work of consultants – a brief history of the private work of consultants; the consultant contract; guidelines on private work; and any potential impact on waiting times; and •Other issues for Northern Ireland including financial penalties for Trusts not meeting waiting time targets; Outpatient ‘review’ appointments; and the measures in place in Northern Ireland to address waiting lists and the success or otherwise of these initiatives.

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  • Child protection and crimes against children

    Reference: 106/12 - Date: 21/06/2012

    This paper is an addendum to Research Paper 87/12 'Child protection and referral statistics'. It provides Members with further information in regard to child protection, in particular: Pregnant teenage mothers (in this case, those under 18 years of age) and the Child Protection Register in Northern Ireland; Details of child protection statistics in the Republic of Ireland; Child level data on child protection registration in Northern Ireland; Information relating to crime data and violence against children in the UK.

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  • Northern Ireland Waiting Lists: Current and Historical Trends for Outpatients, Inpatients and Diagnostic Services

    Reference: 104/12 - Date: 20/06/2012

    The purpose of this briefing paper is to highlight the current key statistics and some trends from the past decade that have emerged from the waiting times and numbers published routinely by Department of Health, Social Services and Public Safety (DHSSPS).

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  • Emergency Care (A&E)

    Reference: 88/12 - Date: 23/05/2012

    This paper provides Members with information in relation to emergency care (A&E), paying particular focus to waiting time targets in Northern Ireland.

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  • ‘Child Protection Register and Referral’ Statistics

    Reference: 87/12 - Date: 22/05/2012

    This briefing paper provides a synopsis of data in relation to ‘Children Order Child Protection’ and ‘Referral Statistics’ in Northern Ireland.

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  • Malnutrition in the Community

    Reference: 57/12 - Date: 08/03/2012

    The focus of this briefing note is to provide information, as far as possible, on the specific areas of Committee interest and some additional background to the issue of malnutrition originating in the community and the likely impacts on hospital admissions.

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  • Kinship Care

    Reference: 41/12 - Date: 23/02/2012

    In response to a request from the HSSPS Committee, this paper provides an insight into the complexities associated with kinship care in Northern Ireland. In particular, the paper considers: The legal framework for the care of children in Northern Ireland; Formal and informal types of kinship care; Statistics in relation to the number of kinship carers and children; Examples of support available to kinship carers and issues in accessing support; Kinship care policy and practice in the UK and the Republic of Ireland; Parental responsibility and the role of Special Guardianship Orders in kinship care.

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  • Introduction to Community Meals

    Reference: 34/12 - Date: 17/02/2012

    Current community care policy stresses the importance of maintaining people in their own home for as long as possible. Community meals form a part of the services that may be provided by the HSC Trusts to assist with this aim. This paper discusses who provides community meals in Northern Ireland and the number of clients receiving these meals. It explores the broader issues around community meals and reviews approaches by other jurisdictions to providing food and nutrition for older people.

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  • Car parking charges in the health and social care sector

    Reference: 33/12 - Date: 17/02/2012

    This paper has been compiled in response to a request by the HSSPS Committee in relation to car parking charges in the health and social care sector (HSC) in Northern Ireland. Guidance on car parking provision and management on hospital sites has been in operation since June 2008. However, new proposals seek to permit charging in a wider context in the health and social care sector. This paper discusses current car park management contracts across local hospital sites, and also provides information on car park charging in hospital sites in the rest of the UK and the Republic of Ireland.

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