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Quality and safety of health and social care services remains a priority - Poots

Health Minister Edwin Poots today reaffirmed his commitment to the principle of protection and improving the quality and safety of health and social care services throughout Northern Ireland.
Monday, 2 December 2013

Speaking at the NI Division of Clinical Psychology’s Annual Conference at Queen’s University, Belfast the Minister said: “It is important to re-iterate, not just to our healthcare workers, but to the general public, that I am committed to a culture which promotes the highest possible standards of conduct, openness, honesty and accountability.

“It is my expectation that every patient and client who attends health and social care facilities across Northern Ireland receives the highest quality and safest care possible, delivered in a skilled, professional and compassionate manner.

“That is why I want to encourage a culture within the HSC where staff feel they can speak up and that their concerns will be responded to positively.”

The Department has given an assurance that in taking forward transformation and implementing Transforming Your Care, it will keep its service users and patients at the front and centre of the process in line with its commitments under the 10 year Quality Strategy - Quality 2020.

The Minister concluded: “I would also like to recognise the work of the Northern Ireland Division of Clinical Psychology and the role it plays in informing policy, standards and workforce issues here in Northern Ireland.

“This is important work aimed at making our healthcare services, and in particular our psychological services, the best they can be.”

Notes to editors:

1. The NI Division of Clinical Psychology’s Annual Conference was held in the Riddle Hall, QUB and brought together experts and writers from the fields of social psychology, psychoanalytic group processes and neuropsychology from across the UK.

2. Approximately 200 delegates were in attendance.

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