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Planned health changes in NI come under discussion

30 May 2012 - 10:48am

Proposed changes in health services in Northern Ireland – including physio provision – came under scrutiny at a CSP event this week.

The meeting on 30 May was called to look at the review of health and social care published in December 2011, entitled Transforming Your Care.

The review will bring about a fundamental change to the structure and delivery of health and social care services in Northern Ireland.

Launching the review last year, Northern Ireland’s health minister, Edwin Poots, said: ‘We must challenge the status quo, stop doing what does not work and acknowledge that the current design of some of today’s services is no longer fit for purpose.’

Future role of AHPs

The future role of allied health professionals in supporting health promotion, particularly among the growing number of older people, is one of the key recommendations.

The CSP event enabled physiotherapy clinicians and managers to meet, discuss and to engage with other stakeholders about the impact of the proposed changes on patient care.

‘The CSP acknowledges that Transforming Your Care will have a profound and fundamental impact on the health and social care system in Northern Ireland, ‘said Tom Sullivan, CSP’s  policy officer for Northern Ireland.

‘Those tasked with implementing Transforming Your Care need to ensure that the unique skills of physiotherapists are used as effectively and efficiently as possible in the future delivery of services.’

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