Annual Report launched


Belfast Trust Annual Report 2011/12 was launched at today’s Trust Board meeting.


As well as being available to download, hard copies of the Annual Report are available from Corporate Communications, and can also be provided in translations and alternative formats on request.


View the full report now.

View Activity factsheet for 2011 - 2012

In this year’s Annual Report

The Annual Report has captured a flavour of just some of the ways in which our staff continue to deliver high quality care for our population. Below is a quick preview of some aspects of our business featured in the report.

chairman_for_the_internet.jpgPat McCartan launches the report
Launching the report, Chairman Pat McCartan said, ‘In a continually testing financial, social and clinical environment the Trust has broken even while delivering a top quality service.’.... ‘I would like to highlight just a few of the aspects of our business which can be found in the Report.’ Watch the Video Now.

valuing_staff_for_internet.jpgValuing staff
As ever staff are the Trust’s most valuable resource and this year Belfast Trust has been awarded Public Sector Company of the Year in the inaugural Childcare Works Awards, which recognise organisations that have demonstrated excellence in family friendly policies and practices. We have revised our Equality Scheme in accordance with the guidance for public authorities, and mandatory equality awareness training is now available to staff online. Watch the Video now

environmental_for_internet.jpgEnvironmental responsibility
As part of our plan to be as sustainable as possible we have introduced two electric vehicles to our fleet – first public sector organisation in NI to do so. Our fleet has over 200 vehicles and the latest editions are used to transport tests and results between the labs in RVH, BCH and the Mater.

We estimate that they will cost around 3p a mile to run as opposed to about 12p for a diesel or petrol van, so as well as making an impact on the environment, they are saving the Trust money which is reinvested in front line services. Watch the Video now.

Live donor transplants performed locally

People in Northern Ireland waiting for a kidney transplant have traditionally waited longer than anywhere else in the UK, not least because of the small number (around nine per year) of living donor transplants carried out here. Following changes in the donor assessment process and the provision of live donor surgery, I can report that 2/3 of all kidney transplants in Belfast are from live donors. Last year we achieved over 50 living donor transplants, transforming the lives of the recipients and reducing the number of people needing regular dialysis.

Supporting the elderly to maintain independent quality of life

We have made significant changes in how we deliver care to older people in Belfast Trust in the last year, notably the introduction of Integrated Care teams which have now been fully implemented throughout the Trust. The individual is the central point for the care management and each team brings together a number of disciplines including social work, district nursing and occupational therapy with one point of access. This has greatly improved our ability to support older people and help them to stay in their own environment for as long as possible.

Bringing specialised support for adolescents closer

The Beechcroft centre is home to the multidisciplinary team which treats children and adolescent eating disorders. Around 50 new referrals are received each year, and all will be seen within the nine week target. Previously children and young people needing inpatient support had to travel to England, but since this team was formed just over two years ago no child has had to travel and we have seen a real improvement in the service we are able to provide.