Synopsis: Here you will find a list of Committee for Health, Social Services and Public Safety research papers published during 2012.
Northern Ireland Waiting Lists: Current and Historical Trends for Outpatients, Inpatients and Diagnostic Services
- 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).
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.
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.
Car parking charges in the health and social care sector
- 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.
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.