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Celebrating Project ECHO


Project ECHO network leads who attended the celebration, sharing and planning meeting

With over 1,000 healthcare professionals taking part in ECHO meetings in Northern Ireland it was the ideal time to celebrate the achievements to date and plan for the future.

Around 40 network leads gathered in the Project ECHO NI offices for a celebration, sharing and planning meeting on 7 November.

Project ECHO, originally developed at the University of New Mexico, involves the use of video conferencing technology that helps train primary care clinicians to provide specialist care services for people with complex health conditions.

Dr Max Watson, Project ECHO Programme Director,  gave a progress report while Martin Hayes, from the Health and Social Care Board, highlighted the role of ECHO in the HSC transformation journey.

Network leads took part in an ECHO speed dating sessions, with each explaining what their own network had been doing and discussing the challenges and issues which arose.

A number of breakout sessions were held, with participants discussing the topics of evaluation, service transformation, building the movement through PR and social media, and the challenges faced.

The event ended with a summary and participants were praised for their energy, vision and desire to transform care delivery in Northern Ireland, through building strong knowledge and support networks and through engagement with commissioners of care.