Research Papers 2014

Synopsis: Below you will find a list of Committee for Health, Social Services and Public Safety research papers published during 2014.

Food Hygiene Rating (Northern Ireland) Bill

- Date: 13/11/2014 - Author: Dr Janice Thompson

This Bill paper provides information on the Food Hygiene Rating (NI) Bill, the aim of which is to reduce the incidence of foodborne illness. The paper highlights: differences between the Bill and the Food Hygiene Rating (Wales) Act 2013; issues for further consideration raised through the consultation process on the Bill; and issues highlighted during the passage of the Food Hygiene Rating (Wales) Act 2013. The paper also describes the voluntary Food Hygiene Rating Schemes in place presently in England, Scotland and NI and the statutory scheme in place in Wales. Some international examples are also cited.

Caring for an aging population: TYC proposals

- Date: 13/03/2014 - Author: Dr. Lesley-Ann Black

The most radical DHSSPS proposals to change how the health and social care system currently operates is known as Transforming Your Care (TYC). In the original TYC publication (2011), the theme of ‘older people’ was listed as one of ten major areas of care requiring transformation. This paper explores the issues surrounding this theme in more detail.

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Specialised Grouped Housing for Older People - Introductory Briefing

- Date: 20/02/2014 - Author: Janice Thompson

This briefing paper provides an introduction to the subject of specialist grouped housing for older people, often referred to as sheltered housing. The focus of this briefing is the policy around, and examples of, this type of housing in Northern Ireland and also the outworkings of the Housing our Ageing Population: Panel for Innovation (HAPPI).

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Waiting Times - Supplementary ‘Issues’ Briefing on the 18 Week RTT Policy in England and Scotland

- Date: 31/01/2014

As waiting time policies for elective care in England and Scotland have been in place for a number of years (particularly in England), this briefing paper takes a look at a range of the issues that have arisen in England and Scotland (and possible lessons to take) from the outworking of the policies in order to further inform the Committee review.

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