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Our Health Service needs strong leaders to be at the forefront of change: Poots

Our health service is facing significant reform and it will need strong and visible leaders to guide us through the transformation.
Wednesday, 21 November 2012

That was the message from Health Minister Edwin Poots today as he addressed the Belfast Trust Leadership conference.

Speaking to delegates at the Wellington Park Hotel in the city, the Minister said: “The importance of effective leadership within Health and Social Care can hardly be overstated, particularly at a time of change and restructuring. The theme of this year’s conference is ‘inspiring to innovate and modernise care’. At a time of transformational change, this will be vital in helping to develop the standard of services that the public expects.”

The Minister took delegates through the latest developments of the review of health and social care under Transforming Your Care as he outlined his vision for a better health service in the years to come.

He said: “My vision is to build a health and social care system that improves the quality of care; ensures better outcomes for patients and clients; and enhances the experience of health and social care for all our service users. To achieve this vision, we need to look at how we can improve what we do and in so doing reshape how we interact with all of those who use our services. I am convinced that this vision is also shared by people who deliver services daily throughout our health and social care system.”

And he spoke of the importance of leadership in delivering this vision. He said: “The Belfast Trust, like all Trusts, needs to deliver strong, visible leadership, with clear direction from the top of the organisation. I want to see the application of best practice in management and a team-based ethos and approach.”

Finally the Minister encouraged delegates to have their say in the future of health care saying: “A consultation on the proposals emerging from Transforming Your Care is currently under way and is open until 15 January 2013. Within this a number of key proposals are highlighted and I would warmly encourage you to read the consultation document for yourselves and to engage fully with the consultation process.”

Notes to editors:

1.The Belfast Trust delivers integrated health and social care to approximately 340,000 citizens in Belfast and part of the Borough of Castlereagh. It also provides a range of specialist services to all of Northern Ireland. With an annual budget of almost £1.2bn and a workforce around 20,000 (full time and part time) the Trust is one of the largest Trusts in the United Kingdom.

2.The Belfast Trust Leadership conference is an opportunity for leaders, both clinical and managerial, to take dedicated time out to have access to new ideas, concepts and practices that will improve the Trusts patient and client experience and organisational performance. The conference theme this year is ‘inspiring to innovate and modernize care”. The programme for the conference focuses on these ideas, and how Trust staff can individually and collectively look, and meet the challenges ahead.

3.The Minister commissioned a review of HSC services in the summer of 2011. The resulting report entitled Transforming Your Care (TYC) was published in December 2011 and now forms the vision for Health & Social Care services in N Ireland for the next five years and beyond.

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