2017

New Belfast Community Diabetes Service for people with type 2 diabetes

A new service, aimed at helping those living with Type 2 Diabetes manage their condition in the community, has been launched today, World Diabetes Day (14 November) through the Belfast Integrated Care Partnerships.

Belfast Trust signs up to Mental Health Charter

Today Belfast Trust signed up to the Equality Commission for NI’s Mental Health Charter, which is a voluntary commitment to developing best practice in the workplace.

Physiotherapy Staff encourage Fit for Life - Fit for the Future

Belfast Trust Physiotherapy staff are the first Trust in Northern Ireland to offer Fit for Life training to the workforce.  A study day has been designed to give staff the skills to promote a fitter more active lifestyle to every patient or service user.

National Stammering Awareness day 2017

To celebrate National Stammering Awareness day on Sunday 22nd October 2017, Speech and Language Therapists throughout Northern Ireland alongside the Royal College of Speech and Language Therapy Clinical Excellence Network organised a choir made up of around 50 service users, families, friends, Speech and Language Therapists and Music Therapists who sang in Victoria Square, Belfast.

Theatre Building Works

Belfast HSC Trust is increasing the number of operating theatres at Belfast City Hospital. A new prefabricated modular theatre is being delivered and constructed on site from Monday 23rd October until Wednesday 25th October. There will be disruption throughout the City Hospital site during this period and we would ask the public to bear with us while we carry out this important piece of work. A full summary of closures and timings is outlined below.

The safety and care of our patients and staff is our priority and we have taken the following decisions to ensure we continue to deliver an efficient service.

Today at a public Trust Board meeting, Belfast Trust stood down all but one of its major draft savings proposals that, if implemented, would have impacted on the Trust's ability to deliver certain services for the rest of the financial year.

New Co-ordinated Falls Service Launched in Belfast

The Community Falls Prevention and Management Service was launched in Belfast on October 9th at Girdwood Community Hub. The initiative aims to reduce the risk of falls amongst frail elderly people and to enable older patients to remain at home after a fall, rather than be admitted to hospital.

On 24 August 2017 Belfast Health and Social Care Trust approved for public consultation a document setting out how the Trust would propose to meet its share (£26m) of £70m cash savings required of Trusts in 2017/18 as part of the Health and Social Care’s overall financial plan to live within its budget.

Belfast Trust will be hosting an extraordinary meeting of the Board of Directors.

DVD Launch: A Guide to Sensory Support Team Services

The Sensory Support Service recently launched an educational DVD highlighting the exceptional services provided by the team.

Belfast Trust Cleans Up at BICSc Northern Ireland Nation's 2017 Awards Ceremony

On Thursday 7th September, The British Institute of Cleaning Science (BICSc) Northern Ireland Nation named Trust employee, Ruth Neeson, of Muckamore Abbey Hospital, as its 2017 Cleaning Operative of the Year.

NHS Organ Donor Card

Have you ever considered joining the thousands of people throughout the UK who carry an Organ Donor Card every day to show that they’re committed to saving lives?

Community Mental Health Team for Older People Creates a Place of Retreat

Belfast Trust’s Community Mental Health Team for Older People recently transformed an inner quadrant in Graham House, Knockbracken Healthcare Park, into a place of colour and beauty.

It’s important to have the organ donation conversation.

Belfast Trust would like to hear your views on the 2017/18 Savings Plan proposals and invites you to attend any of the 6 public meetings being held across the City, details below. The Consultation period runs from 24 August 2017- 5 October 2017 and it is important that your voice is heard.

Belfast Health and Social Care Trust, along with other Trusts in the wider Health and Social Care system, has published its draft savings plans for 2017/18.

Photographic Win at Biomedical Science Day

Belfast Trust’s Alan Montague was recently awarded the Best Artistic Interpretation Award for his photograph of Trust colleague Chinta Chisambo by the Institute of Biomedical Science (IBMS).

New beds offer new hope

Families, patients and staff gathered at the Royal Belfast Hospital for Sick Children recently to officially open two brand new rooms which have been built for the Cancer Unit, following a fundraising drive by the Children's Cancer Unit Charity.

Consultation on Equality Action Plan and the Disability Action Plan 2017-2022

Today, the 6 Trusts across Health and Social Care in Northern Ireland are going out to formally consult on a number of important strategic draft documents. These are the regional Equality Action Plan and the Disability Action Plan and from these, stem each of our respective local action plans.

Lord Mayor officially opens Ballymisert

On Friday 7th July 2017, Belfast Trust held the official opening ceremony for Ballymisert. The scheme is a Supported Housing Facility that provides independent apartments for people who have experienced mental health challenges in their lives.

More support for people living with cardiac disease

The first cardiac genetic testing service supported by a fund set up in memory of the late Sir David Frost’s son was launched by his family in Belfast City Hospital last week.

Success at National Patient Safety Awards

Iveagh Unit, Belfast Trust Learning Disability Services have been awarded the prestigious Health Service Journal Patient Safety Award for Learning Disability Services at a glittering award ceremony in Manchester on 4th July 2017.

At an awards ceremony in the Culloden Hotel, Holywood on the 8th June, 2017, Belfast Trust celebrated multiple winners and finalists in this year’s RCN Northern Ireland Nurse of the Year Awards.

The Mater Chapel - Restored and Renewed

The official re-opening of the Mater Hospital Chapel took place recently, with a Service of Thanksgiving and Blessing conducted by the Chaplains of the Mater Hospital and the blessing given by representatives of the Church of Ireland, Methodist, Presbyterian and Roman Catholic Churches.

Belfast Trust hosts International Sexual Health Conference

The Genitourinary Medicine team in Belfast Trust recently hosted the Joint BASHH-SSSTDI Conference on the 18th- 20th June. It is the first time British Association for Sexual Health & HIV and Society for the Study of Sexually Transmitted Diseases in Ireland hold their annual conference jointly conference in Northern Ireland.

Chief Executive supports launch of wellbeing Toolkit

Belfast Strategic Partnership (BSP) recently launched its “Take 5 steps to wellbeing Toolkit” as well as recent findings from the “Have Your Say Belfast” survey undertaken in 2016.

M&S Donation to Royal Jubilee Hospital

As part of Make It Matter Day, local Marks & Spencer customers and staff presented the Regional Neonatal Unit at the Royal Jubilee Hospital with special incubator blankets.

Official Opening of Children's Eye Unit

Belfast Trust recently officially opened the new look Children’s Eye Unit at Royal Victoria Hospital.

Perfect name for new dementia housing scheme

Belfast Trust and Clanmil Housing recently approached pupils at St Joseph’s Primary School and members of the West Belfast 50+ Forum in search of an original name for a new supported housing development for older people living with dementia.

Gold Award for Specialist Registrar

Dr Gemma Corey was awarded the Gold Award in the Final FRCR in Clinical Oncology.

Laboratories named Placement Employer of the Year

Belfast Trust Laboratories were named Placement Employer in the Public Sector category at the recent Ulster University’s Annual Impact Excellence Awards for 2017.

Trust Shortlisted for the Business in the Community Wellbeing at Work Award

Belfast Trust’s b well app and website has recently been shortlisted for a Responsible Business Award in Northern Ireland.

Dying Matters - Lets talk about it!

May 08 – 14 is National Dying Matters Awareness Week, and as part of a drive to encourage conversation about this difficult topic, Belfast Trust is asking staff and public alike to think about their own end of life care wishes.

Foster Care Fortnight Launched

Today the Regional Fostering Service launched Foster Care Fortnight (8 – 21 May 2017) in partnership with The Fostering Network and the Regional Adoption and Fostering Service at an event in The Mac, Belfast, hosted by Belfast Trust.

Belfast Trust Attends Inaugural Equality and Diversity Awards

Equality representatives from both our Health and Social Inequalities and Employment Equality teams were present to celebrate in style at the Belfast City Hall on Friday evening.

Launch of Trust's Strategy for Supporting Carers

The Trust recently launched a carers strategy entitled ‘Caring Together in Belfast’ – A Plan for Supporting Carers in Belfast 2017 – 2020.

The Trust has issued advice to some patients regarding a low risk infection caused by Mycobacterium chimaera.

This year’s No Smoking Day is on Wednesday 8th March 2017 and is a great opportunity to make a positive change to your health and bank balance! It also marks Belfast Health & Social Care Trust being Smoke Free across our sites for one year.

No Smoking Day - Anne Marie's Story

It’s almost been a year since Belfast Trust went Smoke Free and since then many members of staff have been reaping the benefits.

Childrens Cancer Unit Charity funds new bedrooms at the Royal Belfast Hospital for Sick Children

Construction work on two specialist isolation rooms which will increase the number of beds at the Children’s Cancer Unit has commenced thanks to funds raised by the Children’s Cancer Unit Charity.

British Journal of Midwifery Awards success for Belfast Trust

The British Journal of Midwifery Practice Award 2017 for ‘Contribution to Midwifery Education’ has been awarded to Belfast Trust’s Gillian Morrow and Kathy McCandless.

New Chief Executive for Belfast Trust

Peter McNaney, Chairman of Belfast Trust, today announced the appointment of Mr. Martin Dillon as permanent Chief Executive effective from Wednesday 8 February 2017.

Health and Social Care Northern Ireland organisations in partnership with Business Services Organisation, Procurement and Logistics Service plan to deliver a series of Procurement Awareness Events across the region. These events are targeted at service providers who deliver health and social care service interventions to people.

Parents across Northern Ireland are being urged to be aware of the risk of Child Sexual Exploitation. The call comes from Health and Social Care Trusts as part of the Child Sexual Exploitation (CSE) Awareness Week organised by the Safeguarding Board for Northern Ireland.

Belfast Trust is supporting free workshops for Voluntary & Community Groups to increase awareness about the nature and dynamics of domestic and sexual violence and abuse during February and March.

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