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NHS Changes - Northern Ireland

In Northern Ireland, changes to the NHS are being driven by 'Transforming Your Care' which was published following a major review of health and social care services at the end of 2011.

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Emerging  information can be found on the CSP Northern Ireland page.

The review recommends that much greater emphasis should be placed on treating people in their own homes and in the community.

It proposes reducing the number of acute hospitals from 10 to between five and seven.

The hospitals which lose acute services would still exist but would provide different services.

The draft Strategic Implementation Plan and the draft Population Plans which outline the next steps in the 'Transforming Your Care' reform process were published in June 2012.

Following a formal consultation, the DHSSPS published its response Transforming Your Care: Vision to Action in March 2013. 

The response highlighted the introduction of Integrated Care Partnerships (ICPs) as a key element of the TYC proposals.

ICPs are intended to enable local health and social care professionals and voluntary & community organisations to work closely together on a collaborative basis to improve efficient and effective service delivery.

These multi-sector collaborative networks will include statutory, independent and voluntary and community practitioners and organisations in their membership.

It is expected that the first 9 ICPs will be established over the next few months and that all 17 ICPs will be in place by April 2014, providing full regional coverage.

Download a copy of the Transforming Your Care review from the DHSSPSNI website: Transforming Your Care

The AHP strategy for Northern Ireland, 'Improving Health and Well-being Through Positive Partnerships - A Strategy for the Allied Health Professions in Northern Ireland 2012-2017' was launched in February 2012.

This is a five-year plan which aims to address the needs of the allied health professions through a period of significant change in health and social care.

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