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Nurses and midwives have the opportunity to shape change, Poots

The care and dedication shown by nurses and midwives make a big difference to patientsí experiences and are vital in facilitating change, Health Minister Edwin Poots said today.
Wednesday, 6 March 2013

Speaking to around 200 delegates at City of Culture Nursing and Midwifery Conference in Londonderry, Mr Poots said: “Nurses and midwives have a great opportunity to influence and shape the change to make our new health service fit for the future. You are passionate about the care you provide and continually seek ways to improve and demonstrate your value.

“In your work every day, you have demonstrated how nursing care can make a big difference to the experience, safety and effectiveness of patient’s care and treatment. I can see clearly how the nursing workforce will support the delivery of Transforming Your Care and our new public health strategy.”

This year’s conference, themed ‘Reflections on the Past – Direction for the Future’, focussed on public health.

During his speech at the City Hotel, the Minister said: “The proposed vision for our public health framework is to ensure that all people are enabled and supported in achieving their full health potential and wellbeing. I believe our population can be healthier through prevention of ill health and promotion of health and wellbeing.

“Prevention should be embedded in every service area. Unfortunately those who are disadvantaged in our society do not have an equal chance of experiencing good health and wellbeing and too many still die prematurely or live with conditions that they need not have.

“By adopting a life course approach, with the very young identified as a strategic priority, we seek to work towards breaking the cycle of disadvantage, and a steady increase in better health - and social outcomes for the whole population over time.”

The Minister told the conference that nurses and midwives have a key role in achieving these goals.

The conference, which was planned to coincide with events surrounding the UK City of Culture 2013 celebrations, was co-hosted by the Public Health Agency, the Western Health and Social Care Trust and the University of Ulster.

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