Health and Care Services over Christmas and New Year

Belfast Trust together with the Health and Social Care Board (HSCB) , GPs, pharmacists and dentists, have been working to ensure that people have access to urgent care services over the Christmas and the New Year holiday period.

Leading the way in treatment of Morquio syndrome

​Minister for Health, Michelle O’Neill, recently announced that some drugs for rare diseases which had been approved by NICE (The National Institute for Health and Care Excellence) were now going to be funded in Northern Ireland.

Belfast Trust signs up to Age-friendly Belfast Charter

​Belfast Trust has signed up to the Age-friendly Charter. Its aim is to help organisations and business to sign up to shared standards that will help make Belfast a city where older people live life to the fullest.

Launch of  'Whatever Works for You' Film

​Belfast Trust has launched a short film entitled 'Whatever Works for You' showcasing various initiatives that are in place to supporting people through their mental health difficulties into employment, further study or volunteering.

Sod cut for new Acute Mental Health Inpatient Unit

Health Minister Michelle O’Neill has cut the first sod for a new purpose built Acute Mental Health Inpatient Unit at Belfast City Hospital.

Innishfree Ward Artwork

Patients from the neuro-behavioural unit based in Knockbracken Healthcare Park have created a piece of artwork of Belfast’s most iconic buildings and landmarks.

Innovative approach to prostate radiotherapy clinical trials begin

Belfast Trust has begun clinical trials on a groundbreaking new approach to delivering radiotherapy to men with prostate cancer.

Belfast Trust a winner at Quality in Care Diabetes Awards

A joint venture between Belfast Trust, QUB, South Eastern Trust and Manchester University Hospitals Foundation Trust has won a prestigious award.

Mouth Cancer Action Month

Staff members from the Health Improvement Department have been wearing eye-catching blue lipstick to remind us all to be ‘Mouthaware this November’.

Mefloquine advice to serving members of the Armed Forces and Veterans

On 5 September, 2016 the Ministry of Defence (MOD) launched the Mefloquine Single Point of Contact for current and former Service personnel who have concerns about their experience of Mefloquine (commercially known as Lariam).

Re-opening of Belfast City Hospital Intensive Care Unit

Belfast Trust Chief Executive, Dr Michael McBride, opened the newly refurbished Intensive Care Unit at the Belfast City Hospital yesterday (Thursday, 27 October).

Music project a winner for Belfast Trust in Dementia Friendly Awards

A musical memories project that saw Belfast Trust collaborating with the Oh Yeah Music Centre has won an award for the Outstanding Contribution it has made to creating a more dementia friendly Northern Ireland.

Minister O'Neill launches 10 year vision for Health and Social Care

Health Minister Michelle O’Neill today launched her 10-year vision, to transform the current health and social care system.

New £4million MRI Unit at Childrens Hospital officially opened

A new £4million MRI Unit at the Royal Belfast Hospital for Sick Children has been officially opened by Health Minister Michelle O’Neill.

Keeping Children Safe Project boosted with new trainers

Nine new Keeping Children Safe trainers have received accreditation, permitting them to deliver child protection and safeguarding training throughout Belfast Trust area.

Japanese cardiologist works alongside Belfast Trust world experts

Belfast Trust Cardiologists, Drs Simon Walsh and Colm Hanratty, have welcomed Dr Masahiko Ochiai to Belfast.

Belfast Trust employee wins award for deafened people work

James Newell, a Social Work Assistant with Belfast Trust Sensory Support Team has been named as the 2016 recipient of the Heather Jackson Award.

Belfast Trust backs Happy Smiles for pre-school children

Belfast Trust Oral Health Improvement team is backing a new initiative to secure Happy Smiles for pre-school kids.

Belfast Trust named Northern Ireland's most family friendly employer

Belfast Trust has been named the most family friendly employer in Northern Ireland, scooping the prize from a field of more than 40 entries in the Family Friendly Employers’ Awards.

Donation of 100 wool blankets

The staff in Valencia Ward at Knockbracken Healthcare Park have worked in partnership with the owner of Bangor Wool Shop, Andrew McQueen, staff member, Pauline Poots, and their volunteers, who have knitted and donated 100 activity blankets to the Dementia in-patient and outreach service.

Palliative Care Week: 'Enabling Living'

Palliative Care Week (3-8 October), is an all-Ireland initiative co-ordinated by the All Ireland Institute of Hospices and Palliative Care (AIIHP).

Staff flu vaccination drive begins today

With flu season upon us once again, Belfast Trust is determined to make 2015/16 the year we achieve Northern Ireland’s highest rate of staff seasonal flu vaccinations.

Children in care efforts recognised in Fostering Achievement Awards

More than 50 children and young people in care have been rewarded for aiming high in the annual Fostering Achievement Awards, organised by Belfast Trust Fostering Service together with the Fostering Network NI.

Musical treat as Ulster Orchestra comes to nine sites

The Ulster Orchestra is celebrating its 50th Birthday tomorrow (Wednesday, 28 September) by performing a number of special concerts at nine Belfast Trust sites.

There has been an increase in vomiting and diarrhoea (Noro virus) among a number of patients at Royal Victoria Hospital.  Vomiting and diarrhoea, while contagious, normally passes within 48 hours.

Trust tenants in new Arts from All Parts show

Belfast City Lord Mayor, Alderman Brian Kingston, recently opened an art exhibition showcasing art by tenants from three of our supported housing schemes.

Pedigree Paws (and mongrels) unite for Children's Hospital

Local dogs have put their best paw forward to raise funds for the Children’s Hospital.

New drive to encourage fostering launches

A new TV ad hits the screen this evening, encouraging more people to find out about fostering for Belfast Trust and others across Northern Ireland.

Belfast Trust Staff Orchestra debuts at Culture Night Belfast - 16 September

Belfast Trust Staff Orchestra makes its debut this Friday, 16 September as part of Belfast Culture Night and you are all very welcome.

Sir Ian Botham opens new bed at Children's Hospital

A huge thank you to Sir Ian Botham and the Belfast Solicitors' Association who visited the Royal Belfast Hospital for Sick Children to officially open a new Giraffe Omnibed.

Belfast Trust supports Organ Donation Week

Over the last five years, 113 patients have helped ‘turn an end into a beginning’ at Belfast Trust by becoming an organ donor after their death.

New Recovery College Prospectus is released

Our Belfast Recovery College does some great work across the Trust area on a range of different issues. Classes start this month and the good news is, they're FREE.

Pioneering research into Congenital Heart Disease from Trust

Pioneering findings from research into children with congenital heart disease, have been revealed in a new book, edited by a Consultant Paediatric Cardiologist at Belfast Trust’s Children’s Hospital.

Belfast Bikes come to Belfast Trust

We are delighted to say the Belfast Bikes are now operational at the Royal Victoria Hospital and Belfast City Hospital sites. This is the latest part of the hugely successful Belfast Bikes public share network, which will also see bikes operational at the Mater hospital by the end of the summer.

World Hepatitis Day 2016 - Call to get Tested

Ahead of World Hepatitis Day on Thursday 28 July, the Public Health Agency (PHA) is reminding people who think they may be at risk from hepatitis B or C infection to get tested.

Viral hepatitis kills 1.5 million people worldwide each year. That’s as many people as HIV / AIDS. Although hepatitis is not common in Northern Ireland, it is very common in other parts of the world, with an estimated 400 million people living with chronic hepatitis B and C worldwide.

West Belfast Festival Annual Lecture

The West Belfast Festival Lecture sponsored by Belfast Health and Social Care Trust will take place on Thursday 4 August 2016 at 5.00pm in St Mary’s College Falls Road, Belfast.

The Regional Wheelchair Training Programme for Northern Ireland in partnership with Go-Kids-Go and Disability Sports NI will be offering free Wheelchair skills and sports opportunities in August 2016.

Belfast Trust - Award Winning Care of Children with Sight Impairment

The outstanding work of the NOVIC (Neuro-Ophthalmic Visual Impairment in Children) team at the Children’s Hospital received national recognition this month as they received the Team of the Year Award at the national Vision Pioneer Awards in London.

Belfast residents: Have Your Say Belfast Survey

People living in Belfast are invited to share their ideas about emotional health and wellbeing by completing a Belfast Strategic Partnership (BSP) survey arriving in every home throughout the city in July.

Be Positive (B+) Give a little...Get a lot!!

A creative group of Belfast Trust managers have used the Living Leadership programme Collective Challenge project to boost the number of new blood donors recruited for the NIBTS.

Service User Involvement with evaluating BHSCT Physiotherapy Outpatient Services

Service User Involvement with evaluating BHSCT Physiotherapy Outpatient Services including Musculoskeletal, Women’s Health, Fractures, Haemophilia and Rheumatology.

Belfast Trust – Trust Board Meeting held on Tuesday 21 June 2016 to discuss the outcomes and recommendations in relation to the public consultations on ‘The Delivery of Learning Disability Services for People Living in Belfast’ and ‘The Delivery of Mental Health Day Services for People Living in Belfast’

Therapeutic Art Gallery - Acute Stroke Unit RVH

The Therapeutic Art Gallery has been officially launched in the Acute Stroke Unit, Wards 6EF, Royal Victoria Hospital.

The gallery has been designed for the use of patients, families and staff of the Stroke Unit and integrates the use of a tablet device to enhance the experience for those using the gallery. The art work on display is all by local artists and draws on a town and country theme, featuring familiar Northern Irish scenes, nature and wildlife. The gallery also features three works created by patients in the Unit. Click here to see a list of works and artists.

Queens Birthday Honours List

Congratulations to Usha Chakravarthy, Professor of Ophthalmology who received a CBE in the Queen's Birthday Honours list.

Emma Mary Regan Regional Wheelchair Training Clinical Specialist who received a BEM for services to the provision of wheelchair services within Northern Ireland

Extraordinary Meeting of the Board of Directors

To consider the outcome reports and recommendations following the public consultations on the Future Delivery of Learning Disability Day Services and the Future Delivery of Mental Health Day Services for People Living in Belfast, will be held on 21 June 2016 at 2.00pm in Knockbracken Hall, Knockbracken Healthcare Park, Saintfield Road, Belfast, BT8 8BH.

Carer's Week 2016- Supporting Carers

A DVD promoting Carers’ Assessments has been launched at an event marking Carers’ Week 2016.

There are over 214,000 carers in Northern Ireland – that means around 1 in 8 of the population. During their lifetime, 6 out of 10 people here will assume a caring role at some stage.

Volunteer Event 2016

A special event was held recently at Belfast City Hall to celebrate and acknowledge the many volunteers who offer up their time, energy and commitment to volunteering.

The Lord Mayor Alderman Brian Kingston paid tribute to the work of the volunteers while Professor Martin Bradley OBE, Non-Executive Director said the event was an important opportunity to recognise the contribution volunteers make, and he thanked them for ‘giving their time to help others and appreciated their genuine commitment to volunteering’.

Carers Week 6 - 12 June 2016

If you are looking after someone living in the Belfast area, our Carers Support Service can help you with information, advice and training.

At Carers Trust we understand that everyone’s caring situation is unique and we will work with you to understand your needs and help you to manage your caring role. If we can’t help we can put you in touch with the service or support organisation that can. We know that many people do not see themselves as carers and we are keen to ensure that carers are identified and supported as early as possible on their caring journey.

Having the right advice and information can help you in your caring role and we can provide information on:

  • Supports and choices available to you as a carer
  • Carer support assessments
  • How to access advice on benefits
  • Belfast Health & Social Care Trust’s carer support services

Men's Health Week 2016 Men United - for Health and Wellbeing

International Men’s Health Week 2016 begins on Monday 13th June and lasts until Sunday 19th June 2016 Father's Day.

During this week, EVERYONE is asked to unite and work together to improve the health and wellbeing of men and boys.

However, the big question is: ‘Are we winning?’ ... If not, then let’s do something positive to make a difference.

Belfast Trust Nursing Recruitment Fair

Trust Nursing Recruitment Fair

The Trust is employing nurses across all our hospital sites including paediatric, community, mental health and learning disability settings.

Gran Fondo Giro DItalia- Sunday 5th June 2016

The purpose of this document is to provide Directorates and staff with information in relation to location of planned road closures on Sunday 5th June 2016 for the duration of the Gran Fondo Giro D'Italia and to assist staff in the development of contingency plans for service continuity where required. It is not intended for service users.

For the most up to date information go to www.discovernorthernireland.com and http://www.granfondogiroditaliani.com/road-closures-3/http://www.granfondogiroditaliani.com/routes-2/

New Day Opportunities  Social Farming

Service users from the learning Disability Day Support Programme have been taking part in a Social Farming Pilot Programme supported by Rural Support and funded by Public Health Agency (PHA). Social Farming is an innovative use of agriculture to promote therapy, social inclusion, education and day opportunity services in rural areas. Within Social Farming, the farm is not a specialised treatment farm; rather the farm remains a working farm where service users can benefit from participation in the farm’s activities in a natural environment.


Everton Day Centre win Young Entrepreneur of the Year 2016

Service users from Everton Centre have been taking part in the Team Enterprise scheme for the past 2 years. This has allowed them to develop their own business “Crafted Hands" where they make seasonal cards, picture frames and gifts to sell both in the centre, and at craft fairs.

Neurology Team Runners up at 2016 BMJ Awards

The Paediatric Neurodisability team have received a runner up place in the 2016 BMJ awards, Neurology Team of the Year for the new Multi Disciplinary Team (MDT) service delivered from Royal Belfast Hosptial Sick Children (RBHSC) and Musgrave Park Hospital (MPH).

Belfast Trust Fostering Service in celebratory mood

Belfast Trust Fostering Service is in celebratory mood following the annual 'Fostering Network Foster Carer of the year Awards'.

#Love the Mater  Free Family Fun Day

Belfast Trust, Unison and staff in the Mater Hospital are holding a free Family Fun Day in Crumlin Road Gaol on Sunday 29 May 2016 from 10am to 6pm. Bring along all the family and enjoy some of that special Mater Hospital community experience.

At a Gala event last night in Hillsborough Castle, Belfast Trust celebrated multiple winners in this year’s RCN Northern Ireland Nurse of the Year Awards. As ever, these awards provide the opportunity to highlight excellence within nursing in Northern Ireland and the contribution that nurses make to the health and well-being of the people of Northern Ireland.

Fostering Fortnight 2016

Supportive? Loving? Able to provide safety and security?

Do you identify with the top three qualities which children and young people in care recognise as being key to making a good foster carer?

Perhaps you work in the caring profession and it’s possible that you have many of the skills required to consider becoming a foster carer for Belfast HSC Trust.

Saturday 14th May 2016 from 3-7pm, access to the BCH site will be via the Lisburn Road entrance.

The South Belfast Protestant Boys FB parade will be taking place on Saturday 14th May 2016. To facilitate the parade Donegall Road will be closed to all vehicular traffic, with the exception of Emergency Services from 3-7pm.

The Royal Victoria Hospital has been chosen as a centre to implant the latest version of the underskin defibrillator.

Come along to our Careers Fair on the 14th May at McKinney House, Musgrave Park Hospital, Belfast. Belfast Trust will have a selection of staff and stands on hand to help guide you into a career in Nursing, Social Work, and Social Care.

Community Roots Reach New Heights

Community Roots is a partnership project inspired by the needs and wishes of a group of people moving out of long stay hospital wards in the Trust. Some people in the group have learning disabilities and others mental health conditions but all were moving from institutional care into their own homes.

‪Belfast Trust‬ Musgrave Park Hospital in the news again for helping patients....chose life. Amazing work from amazing team and thank you David for sharing your inspirational story.

Belfast Trust is currently carrying out a consultation and Equality Impact Assessment on the development of Ophthalmic Clinical Centres in Northern, Southern and South Eastern Local Commissioning Group / Trust areas.

Dying Matters  The Big Conversation!

It’s never easy talking about the end on life. Dying Matters Awareness week is from May 9th -15th. Is an annual event aimed at raising awareness of dying, death and bereavement, and enabling and encouraging people to discuss their wishes with their nearest and dearest.

Today is World Hand Hygiene Day at Belfast Trust - SAVE LIVES: Clean Your Hands

​The primary focus of this year’s campaign is to improve hand hygiene practices in all surgical services through the continuum of care, from surgical wards to operating theatres, to outpatient surgical services.

The Belfast Trust’s surgical teams are showing their commitment to clean safe care through the use of hand hygiene at appropriate times at all stages of the patient’s treatment.

Come along to our Careers Fair on the 14th May at McKinney House, Musgrave Park Hospital, Belfast. Belfast Trust will have a selection of staff and stands on hand to help guide you into a career in Nursing, Social Work, and Social Care.

Adult, Social & Primary Care provides health and social care services to people in their own home, hospitals, community wellbeing &treatment centres and Day Centres.

Clinical Trial Radiotherapy - SABR

The first Stereotactic Ablative Radiotherapy (SABR) prostate cancer patient was treated at the Northern Ireland Cancer Centre this month as part of a National Clinical Trial – the PACE study, led in Northern Ireland by Dr Suneil Jain, Friends of the Cancer Centre’s Honorary Consultant in Clinical Oncology in Belfast Trust and Senior Lecturer at Queens University Belfast. PACE aims to compare Conventionally Fractionated Radiotherapy vs SABR for Early Stage Organ-Confined Prostate Cancer. Practically this means patients may be offered highly accurate radiotherapy in five treatments at the Northern Ireland Cancer Centre compared to 20-39 treatments. SABR is a state-of-the-art radiotherapy technique, allowing the delivery of high doses of radiotherapy with reduced toxicity which has the potential to improve cure rates in the future.

Nursing Jobs Fair

Nursing Jobs Fair

QUB Nursing Jobs Fair - 4th May Whitla Hall, Queens University, Belfast from 9.30am

A variety of BHSCT Nursing teams are attending the above event in QUB on 4th May and will be offering candidates the opportunity to apply for posts there and then, on the day.

Apply for Summer Scheme Places Today

The on-line Summer Scheme application process is available today from 9.30am. Please log onto http://btsummerscheme.hscni.net/  to register your interest.

The electronic application form must be completed and submitted no later than Tuesday 26 April 2016 at 4pm. This will allow you sufficient time to complete all forms, having already registered your interest in the scheme.

Belfast Trust achieves regional target on risk assessment for VTE

Every year, an estimated 25,000 people in the UK could die from VTE - Venous Thrombo Embolis - associated with hospitalisation. Yet VTE can be difficult to diagnose, and can very easily be confused with less serious conditions.

To assist with the task of assessing who is at risk, the Department of Health developed a tool that includes a thrombosis risk section, and set the regional target for risk assessment at over 95% of all adult in-patients being appropriately assessed.

We are delighted to report that in March 2016 Belfast Trust achieved this goal – and to date are the only Trust in Northern Ireland to do so.

Belfast Children's Hospital Art Gallery a UK First

Royal Belfast Hospital for Sick Children Hosts Permanent ART Gallery

The UK’s first dedicated regional children and young people’s art gallery to be located in a hospital has opened at the Royal Belfast Hospital for Sick Children.

Developed by Arts Care, Northern Ireland’s leading Arts in Health charity, the contemporary gallery will showcase art works produced by sick and vulnerable children and young people from across Northern Ireland.

One Stop Shop Jobs Fair on Saturday 14th May 2016

Date for your diary

One Stop Shop Jobs Fair on Saturday 14th May 2016 - For Adult, Social & Primary Care positions -
Job Fair Location - McKinney House, Musgrave Park Hospital, Belfast

Job Links -


#‎BelfastTrustjobs #BelfastTrust

World Autism Awareness Week 2016

World Autism Awareness Week was held during 2nd to 8th April 2016.

As part of this celebration Belfast Trust held an Adult ASD Family Workshop on Wednesday 6th April 2016 at Riddel Hall, Stranmillis. Parents, Carers, Siblings and Individuals (16 years plus who had autism) were all welcomed.

Home for lunch

Home for lunch

No one likes being in hospital any longer than necessary. That’s why, if you are a patient in one of our hospitals, planning for your discharge begins as soon as you come into our hospital.

Our new ‘home for lunch’ campaign is designed to help patients, together with their relatives and carers, understand the discharge process once treatment is complete, and ensure that they are fully involved in planning towards a prompt discharge.

Annual Testicular Cancer Health and Wellbeing Event

April is Testicular Cancer Awareness Month and on Monday 11th April the Trust held the third annual “Testicular Cancer Health and Well Being Event” in the Cancer Centre, Belfast City Hospital. The event was aimed at men who were diagnosed with testicular cancer in the past year. The event was supported by Friends of the Cancer Centre. It was attended by a total of 28 men and their guests.

Quality in Care Oncology award 2016

The implementation of Stereotactic Ablative Radiotherapy (SABR) for lung cancer at the Northern Ireland Cancer Centre, led by Dr Gerry Hanna and Dr Jonathan McAleese, Consultants in Clinical Oncology, recently won first prize at the Quality in Care (QiC) Oncology 2016 awards on 25th February 2016 in the category of Cancer Team Collaborative Initiative of the Year.

​The courses are suitable for professionals working in a wide range of settings including mental health, social care, educational, voluntary and community. Applications are welcome from those with a professional qualification in social work, clinical psychology, psychiatry, paediatric medicine, nursing, health visiting, teaching. Consideration will be given to those without an undergraduate degree or professional qualifications but who have extensive experience in working with children and families.

On-going need for Foster Carers in Belfast

Could you Foster?

Pictured above is four year old Grace who took to the ice with ‪#‎BelfastGiants‬ ice hockey player Brandon Benedict and the Belfast HSC Trust Fostering Service mascot to remind the public about the need for more foster carers in Belfast. Also pictured is social worker, Lorraine Lyttle.

Access to RVH during Easter Commeration Events

In light of the number of 1916 commemoration events happening in Belfast on Sunday 27th March and in addition to the normal weekend access routes onto RVH site, Mulhouse gates will be open from 7.00am until 6:30pm on Sunday 27th March.

Belfast Trust awarded Bronze IiP Accreditation

Chief Executive, Dr Michael McBride, today announced that Belfast Trust has been awarded IiP Bronze. He said, ‘This is a tremendous achievement and I am hugely proud of Belfast Trust, and you, our staff. This accreditation is an independent international benchmark assessment of our performance through people and reflects the commitment and passion of our staff. Our people are our greatest resource and this award bears testimony to you and the way in which you work to deliver the best possible care each time, every time, to our patients, clients, and their carers. I am indebted to you and will continue to support each of you on this journey of excellence.’

Regional Prosthetic Service Open Day Musgrave Park Hospital

The Regional Prosthetic Service based in Musgrave Park Hospital is holding an Open Day in the MITRE Unit on Saturday 9th April from 10.00am to 3.00pm.

All of our patients are invited to attend and see what’s new to the Service in 2016!!

RSVP by 28th March 2016 email: sharon.shaw@belfasttrust.hscni.net or Telephone: (028) 950 47239.

Please Note: due to MITRE Gym Flooring no stilettos or heelys allowed.

Tell us your views on autism and mental health services for children and young people

As part of the 10,000 Voices Initiative, The Health and Social Care Board (HSCB) and Public Health Agency (PHA) want to hear about your experiences of autism and mental health services for children and young people, to help shape how care is delivered in Northern Ireland.

10,000 Voices is a PHA initiative which gives people an opportunity to provide feedback on their experiences of accessing Health and Social Care services by asking for members of the public to ‘tell us their story’.

We would like to hear your story if you or someone you care for has had experience with the following services in the past twelve months:

  • Autism (children and young people up to age 18)
  • Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services (CAMHS)

Please be advised that if you are accessing the Royal Victoria Hospital, Belfast on Thursday 17th March via the Broadway that there will be a 10k passing by this area from - 9:00 am - 12:00 pm.

Today is World Social Work Day - 15th March 2016

World Social Work Day is celebrated around the globe to highlight the work that social workers carry out and give them recognition for their invaluable contribution to society.

Launching the 2016 Social Work Awards at a ceremony in Belfast Castle today, Fionnuala McAndrew, Director of Social Care and Children’s Services, Health and Social Care Board, said she was looking forward to seeing many inspiring entries over coming weeks. “Social workers play an important role within our communities working with people in sensitive and difficult environments to help them bring about positive changes in their lives. Much of this work goes unnoticed but the Social Work Awards provide us with the opportunity to honour these inspirational and deserving professionals and teams.”

Over 250 people – many of them nurses, midwives and health care assistants – gathered in Assembly Buildings, Belfast to celebrate the wonderful contribution they make to the experience of patients and clients of all ages across our very large and complex organisation.

The themes of the Celebration were based on Belfast Trust’s purpose – ‘caring supporting improving together’ – and specifically on Nursing and Midwifery’s contribution to:

  1. Patient and Client Experience
  2. Developing Supportive Teams
  3. Improving Practice
  4. Living the Trust’s values.

Adult Autism Family Workshop: Wednesday 6th April 2016

The Belfast Health and Social Care Trust are delighted to announce that an Adult ASD Family Workshop will be held on Wednesday 6th April 2016 from 10 am to 3.30pm at Riddell Hall, Stranmillis. The workshop is open to families where a member is 16 years and over and has a diagnosis of autism.   

World Kidney Day - Thursday 10 March 2016

Kidneys are essential to our health and one of the most important organs in the body. Although anyone can develop kidney disease, there are a few things that can increase your risk - diabetes, high blood pressure, cardiovascular disease, a family history of kidney disease or if you have a South Asian or African-Caribbean ethnic background.

Belfast Trust is now Smoke Free

Belfast Trust today joins with all HSC organisations across Northern Ireland on National No Smoking Day to become completely Smoke Free. This means that smoking or using e-cigarettes will no longer be acceptable anywhere on Belfast Trust sites including buildings, entrances, exits, grounds, car parks and all vehicles. We have also removed all our smoking shelters and are in the process of replacing them with bicycle shelters in key locations. This ties in with our travel plans to encourage more people to take up active travel and improve their overall health.

Ovarian Cancer Awareness Month - Fighting cancer through clinical research

Ovarian cancer can be devastating. Far too many women are diagnosed too late, once the cancer has already spread, making treatment more difficult. When a woman is diagnosed at the earliest stage, her chance of surviving ovarian cancer for five years or more doubles from just 46 per cent to more than 90 per cent.

A number of research projects in Belfast Trust are part of the fight against cancer, working to provide earlier diagnosis and better treatments. Read on to find out more.

I'm Belfast Bike Ready. Are you??

Belfast Bikes are coming to the Belfast Trust and the Public Health Agency (PHA) has funded free cycle training, delivered by Sustrans, as part of the ‘Leading the Way’ programme to help skill up staff.

The accredited training aims to equip anyone who can cycle with the confidence and skills to ride safely on the road. The idea is to encourage more staff to hop on the new bikes or their own bikes as part of their daily commute or travel between the Trust’s hospital and community sites.

Worlds First Trial of New Treatment for Prostate Cancer

A trial of a new combination of cancer therapies for patients with advanced prostate cancer has just started in the Cancer Centre. The trial, which is a world-first hopes to prolong life for prostate cancer patients.

Belfast Trust quadruple winner at Healthcare Awards

Services at Belfast Trust received 4 awards at the prestigious Northern Ireland Healthcare Awards held recently at the Europa Hotel. This event brings together healthcare professionals to celebrate a range of initiatives and projects that show excellence in Northern Ireland healthcare. The Trust’s winners:

Living Life to the Full Campaign

The Trust is working closely with organisations across Belfast in the Belfast Strategic Partnership to launch 'Living Life to the Full', a campaign showing the many varied ways in which older people contribute to the life of the city of Belfast. 

Over 40,000 people in Belfast identify themselves as carers, and a significant number of carers are older people.

BelfastTrust Beauty and the Beast Panto 2016

Belfast Trust & Arts Care Panto ‘Beauty and the Beast’ took place at the end of January 2016, a very professional production which was an amazing achievement for all the cast and crew....  all may we add whilst caring for patients, services users and the wider community in their day jobs.

Sensory Support Team signs partnership with NIFRS

The Sensory Support Team support individuals in the community who have a sight or hearing loss. On Monday 15th February 2016, Aidan Best, Senior Social Worker for the Sensory Support Team signed a Partnership Agreement with Geoff Summerville, Group Commander from the Northern Ireland Fire and Rescue Service. The Team often works in partnership with the Northern Ireland Fire & Rescue Service (NIFRS) to support vulnerable individuals and to ensure smoke alarms and specialist equipment are in place when required.

Health Minister congratulates staff for developing new meningitis test

At today’s visit to the Northern Ireland Regional Virus Laboratory and HSC innovations at the Royal Victoria Hospital, Health Minister Simon Hamilton congratulated staff on the work they have carried out recently in developing and licensing a rapid test for a severe form of bacterial meningitis.

Belfast Trust to Stub Out Smoking

To mark one month to go before Northern Ireland’s Health and Social are sites go smoke free, Chief Medical Officer Dr Michael McBride and Public Health Agency (PHA) Chief Executive Dr Eddie Rooney have demolished a smoking shelter at the Northern Ireland Cancer Centre at the Belfast City Hospital #BelfastTrust which will be replaced by a bike shelter.

SimBel win at Randox Healthcare Awards 2016

Congratulations to our SimBel team who continue their run of awards with a winning entry at the recent Randox Healthcare Awards.

Health Minister's visit to Musgrave Park Hospital

Health Minister Simon Hamilton pictured with Patrick Irvine and Cara McGerrigan during a visit to Musgrave Park Hospital’s Communication Advice Centre which is a regional service for N. Ireland offering Augmentative and Alternative Communication (AAC) assessment and support for patients and clinicians undertaking AAC intervention. AAC covers a wide range of techniques which support or replace spoken language. These include gestures, signs, symbols, communication books and powered solutions such as voice output systems.

Health Minister's visit to Rheumatology Unit at Musgrave Park Hospital

​Health Minister Simon Hamilton visited the Rheumatology Unit at Musgrave Park Hospital recently.

Belfast Bikes are coming to our Hospitals!

A grant of £100,000 from the Trust has made it possible to extend the hugely popular ‪Belfast Bikes‬‬‬‬ public share scheme to our three main hospitals.

Are you brave enough to Abseil The Hospital City Hospital Tower?

Would you Abseil down Belfast City Hospital Tower Block to raise money in support of the Cancer Centre? Friends of the Cancer Centre are calling on their Supporters to "Take on the Tower" on Saturday 9th and Sunday 10th April to Abseil the 190ft adrenaline filled descent right in the heart of the city.

Chapel at Royal Victoria Hospital reopens after refurbishment

From Monday 8th February the RVH Chapel located on the Victorian Corridor will be open each day (morning until evening) as a place of Christian worship for patients, families and staff to use for private prayer and reflection. The Chapel has been redecorated, including restoring the old stained glass window frames. An official reopening will be held in Spring/Summer

Multiple Winners at The Northern Ireland Advancing Healthcare Awards 2016

Congratulations to all our staff involved in this year’s Northern Ireland Healthcare Awards. Highlighting the wealth of innovation and best practice amongst our AHPs, Belfast Trust came home with not one, but two catergory wins. In total we had 6 shortlisted projects in this year’s awards, chose from over 80 entries from AHPs across all the professions and from all over Northern Ireland were received. The awards were as follows:

Arts Care Win to benefit patients in Childrens Hospital

Congratulations to Arts Care on bagging the top prize at this year’s prestigious Allianz Arts & Business Awards 2016 held recently in the Grand Opera House, Belfast.

The great news is that Belfast Trust will also be a winner, as Arts Care will be using their £3000 prize fund to develop the proposed Arts Care Cartwheel 999 Regional Art Gallery at the Royal Belfast Hospital for Sick Children. This will be the first dedicated art gallery in Northern Ireland for sick and vulnerable children and young people.

The new gallery, due to open in March 2016, will run along the corridor alongside the new MRI Scanner Suite and will be lit day and night for those passing through the corridor to stop and view the children’s art work.

Re-Flooring works to Main entrance at Royal Victoria Hospital

Essential maintenance works will take place at the main entrance foyer in Royal Victoria Hospital commencing Monday 1st February 2016 for a period of 4 Weeks.

Anne Brannigan receives much deserved Meritoroius Award

Congratulations to Management of Aggression Team member Anne Brannigan who has received international recognition by receiving a meritorious award from Crisis Prevention Institute (CPI) - an international training organisation. Anne has joined a very select group; out of 1700 MAPA® instructors registered throughout the whole of Europe, only seven have been awarded this status.

The Meritoroius Award is given in recognition of the enthusiasm, dedication and commitment that a person has shown in spreading the word about MAPA®, and how it can be used to support both staff and service users.

Last chance to get tickets for Beauty and the Beast Panto

You don’t get much for a fiver these days.....let alone a laugh and a smile, but this January 2016 the staff and volunteers from Belfast Trust and Arts Care are hoping to change that.

Return to Practice programme for Nurses

The Chief Nursing Officer Professor Charlotte McArdle has launched a campaign along with Professor Owen Barr, Head of School of Nursing University Ulster to promote the Return to Practice programme for nurses who have a lapsed registration and wish to return to the profession.

Belfast Health and Social Care Trust’s Sexual Health Training Team hosted the Annual Regional Sexual Health Conference on 18th November 2015.

Royal Hospital for Sick Children Road Closure Sunday 24 January 2016

Due to essential maintenance works at the Royal Hospital for Sick Children, RGH, please be aware the road as marked will be closed to through traffic and parking on Saturday 23rd at 2.30pm until Sunday 24th January 2016 at 6.30pm.

We will endeavour to re-open the road as soon as possible and apologise for any inconvenience this may cause.

10,000 Voices - Improving people's experience in health and social care

Improving people’s experience in health and social care www.10000voices.info

Patient and service user experience is recognised as a key element in the delivery of quality healthcare. In line with this, The Health and Social Care Board (HSCB) and Public Health Agency (PHA) want to hear about your experiences to help shape how care is delivered in Northern Ireland.

10,000 Voices is a PHA initiative which gives people an opportunity to provide feedback on their experiences of accessing Health and Social Care services by asking for members of the public to ‘tell us their story’.


The Honour of being a Foster Parent

Margaret and John Recognised for a lifetime of Love, Care and Time with a British Empire Medal.

For 29 years Margaret and John Lecky from Hillsborough, Co Down, have been child minders and been providing Fostering respite and Foster care for last 12 years to over 50 children....(not all at once obviously)....what is more remarkable is that Margaret and John are 66 and 67 years respectively and...still to this day... provide love care and support for Foster Kids.

What made them want to be a Foster parent? Margaret doesn’t mind sharing her story of how their life of caring came to be, and is keen to highlight that her husband John has been instrumental in the way they help others.

The reality for Margaret and John many years ago was that they couldn’t have children, “I had a hysterectomy...whilst it was difficult I knew I wanted to help children and have them in our life..... never expecting to go this far. Thirty years ago our close friends asked if I would be interested in helping them by doing some child minding.....I jumped at the chance and really loved it, I enjoyed the fact that I was helping the kids and our friends equally...over time we both felt we could do more and make a difference, one thing led to another and we then after a smooth process of application we started doing some Fostering respite ......and we loved it.”

Whilst many parents will play a significant part in their child’s development, Margaret and John have done it for over 50 Children....let alone the time she puts into Child minding, which at last count was 63 children over the years ....to this very day they are still provide loving care especially to wee babies....and for this reason Margaret has been honoured by the Queen with a British Empire Medal in recognition.

Margaret continued “Sometimes we might have a number of babies in the house at one time and we would obviously have to keep them close by for feeding....it is not unusual for one child to be in a cot on John’s side of the room and one on my side so that we share the responsibility and ability to keep around the clock care.....This medal is really for the two of us, without John’s support we could never have done this”

The reality of life and foster care means that not all of the Children Margaret and John care for will remember them once they are older, in receiving this public recognition their love, time and caring will be recorded forever, so that those they have cared for will know they where loved by a wonderful couple in Hillsborough County Down.

Margaret is receiving the British Empire Medal for services to children through fostering and her role in child minding with parent and toddler groups – Alongside John they shall be recognised in Northern Ireland and they will both head off to Buckingham Palace to formally attend a garden party.

Thank You Margaret and John from everyone at ‪#‎BelfastTrust‬- wishing you both a massive congratulations.

If you would like to know more about fostering, please contact: www.adoptionandfostering.hscni.net or call the Regional phone number: 0800 0720 137

Department of Neuropathology Brain Donor Scheme

The diagnosis of a degenerative neurological disease such as dementia, motor neurone disease or multiple sclerosis is devastating for a patient but also their family. The prognosis of some of these conditions has not changed significantly in the past decades but for others such as multiple sclerosis, the prognosis and treatment has advanced considerably.

Royal Hospital for Sick Children  Road Closure  Sunday 17 January 2016

Due to essential maintenance works at the Royal Hospital for Sick Children, RGH, please be aware the road as marked will be closed to through traffic and parking on Saturday 16th at 2.30pm until Sunday 17 January 2016 at 6.30pm.

We will endeavour to re-open the road as soon as possible and apologise for any inconvenience this may cause.

Exciting Nursing Opportunities : Saturday 6 February 2016

Inviting Applications for Theatres Recovery and Endoscopy Nurses

To support our recruitment campaign we are holding a THEATRE OPEN DAY on Saturday 6 February 2016 at the Royal Victoria hospital site from 9:00am -4:30pm

The day will include a full tour of the site and the opportunity to talk to Trust representatives followed by an interview.

Belfast City Hospital Tower Block Celebrates Thirtieth Birthday

Thirty years ago today on 6th January 1986, Ward Manager Siobhan Boyle wheeled one of the first patients into the new Belfast City Hospital Tower Block.

Belfast City Hospital Tower  ESSENTIAL MAINTENANCE WORKS on Sunday 10th of January

 Planned essential maintenance works at the Tower; Belfast City Hospital is scheduled for Sunday the 10th of January.

The Tower Block Can still be accessed from the main Entrance

New Year Honours List 2016

Congratulations to our Non-Executive Director, Anne O’Reilly who received an OBE for services to older people and the voluntary sector in this year’s New Year Honours list.

Stress Control - 6 week Stress Management Programme

The Trust is offering a choice of 4 FREE Stress Control programmes.

Emergency Department Pressures

3 January 2016

A spokesperson for the Health and Social Care Board said: “Emergency Department across Northern Ireland are currently experiencing a high level of pressure.

“The Health and Social Care Board and Public Health Agency are urging the public to consider other care options available to them such as their GP, nearest Minor Injury Unit or local pharmacy if their symptoms are not urgent or life threatening. By choosing the most appropriate service patients will receive the right treatment in the right place and will help alleviate pressures on other urgent care services at this very busy time.

New workshops for Dementia Carers

Do you work with, or have personal family and friends who support someone diagnosed with dementia?

If so you may be interested in a new Carer Information and Support Programme in Belfast for families affected by dementia (CrISP). We are partnering with the Alzheimer society to fund a service which offers 5 bespoke workshops to help support dementia carers to feel more able and knowledgeable in managing the illness.

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