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Innovate to change things for the better: Poots

Innovation and imagination are key to modernising our health service, Health Minister Edwin Poots has said.
Friday, 26 April 2013

The Minister was speaking as he formally opened the Annual Society of Chiropodists and Podiatrists Northern Ireland Conference, today at the Hilton Hotel, Templepatrick.

Speaking to health service practitioners and private practice podiatrists, the Minister said: “I want to encourage you to be innovative and imaginative, to demonstrate leadership and to use your skills to lead innovation and modernisation. Today’s conference is a perfect opportunity to motivate and inspire change.

“Whilst we face challenges now and in the immediate future on the financial front we need to continue to transform our services to deliver ‘Transforming Your Care’ the blue print for improving services in Northern Ireland.”

The Society of Chiropodists and Podiatrists (SCP) is the UK Wide Professional and Trade Union for registered podiatrists. They represent around 10,000 private practitioners, NHS podiatrists and students. In Northern Ireland, the Society represents approximately 450 podiatrists.

The Minister continued: “I want greater involvement of front line professionals in decision making and service development and to this end, through Transforming Your Care, I have put in place Integrated Care Partnerships (ICPs) to facilitate this. The new Partnerships can deliver real change and better services for patients close to where they live. This important and successful outcome is the result of excellent joint working between the local commissioning groups and the partners we have established across a range of health and social care organisations and interest groups.

“I encourage you again to be innovative, demonstrate leadership, to maximize the use of your skills and to lead innovation and modernisation. ICPs will be a vehicle through which you can do this.”

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