Research Papers 2016

Synopsis: Below you will find details of Research Publications which have been prepared by the Research and Information Service (RaISe) for the Committee for Health in 2016.

Allied Health Professionals: Their role in healthcare reform and developing primary and community care

- Date: 09/12/2016

This briefing paper aims to provide an introduction to the range of professions under the Allied Health Professions umbrella (AHPs); the direction for and input from AHPs envisaged in each of the key healthcare reform reports for NI over the past decade; summary of evidence brought by AHPs to the Health Committee’s attention to date (previous and current mandate) and a range of other workforce evidence relating to AHPs, including good practice examples and recommendations and a discussion of the positives and challenges of wider use of AHP staff and the development of extended roles for such staff.

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Community Pharmacies

- Date: 09/12/2016

This Briefing Paper looks at recent health strategies in Northern Ireland that have led to a central role for Community Pharmacies in promoting health and wellbeing in their local communities, and in the delivery of primary care services to ease the growing pressures on GP surgeries and accident and emergency services. Three Community Pharmacy initiatives are outlined; Building Community Pharmacy Partnerships (BCPP), placing pharmacists in GP surgeries, and the accreditation of ‘Health+Pharmacies’.

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Health and Social Care in NI - Areas of EU Competence, Action and Support - Potential Areas of Impact on Health and Social Care as a result of EU Referendum Decision

- Date: 13/10/2016

Health care systems in EU member states are a matter of national responsibility and in the UK health and social care is a devolved matter. Therefore health is not an area of major EU competence and the role of the EU is largely to support member states to effectively deliver related policy and services. However, the result of the EU referendum is not without potential impact in the health field for Northern Ireland. This briefing paper looks generally at EU competence in the area of health and also focuses on a selected range of specific areas that will require negotiation and resolution in the light of the result of the EU Referendum.

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Transforming Health and Social Care in Northern Ireland – Services and Governance

- Date: 01/07/2016

This briefing paper aims to provide the new Health Committee with an overview of a number of issues from the 2011-16 Committee’s legacy report. It focuses on key aspects of health and social care reform in Northern Ireland over the past decade or so, including the 20-year strategy for primary care; ‘Transforming Your Care’ (TYC); the Donaldson Report; and the recently established expert panel, chaired by Professor Bengoa.

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