The Health and Social Care Board welcomes the publication of the Northern Ireland Human Rights Commission’s (NIHRC) examination of how the system of emergency health care in Northern Ireland respects, protects and fulfils human rights.
The Board would like to clarify that funding from Transforming Your Care (TYC) was not used in the resettlement of people from Long Stay institutions. The Resettlement programme pre-existed the TYC report and the decision was taken to include it as part of TYC as it represented a significant shift from hospital-based to community-based care. The Resettlement programme had its own separate funding stream.
The Board has invested circa £25m from transitional funding to support the implementation of TYC. Detailed breakdowns of TYC investment were provided to NIHRC during the course of their inquiry.
This has been invested in a wide range of initiatives and projects such as Integrated Care Partnerships, Reablement, Stroke Services, Alternative Care Pathways, Self Directed Support, Specialist Foster Carers, Palliative Care, Day Opportunities and Medicines Management. All investment have been focused on the implementation of the models of care set out in TYC, many of which are specifically aimed at supporting the delivery of care closer to home, where it is safe and appropriate to do so, and avoidance of unnecessary Emergency Department attendances.
Valerie Watts, Chief Executive of the Health and Social Care Board said; “This has been an important Inquiry undertaken by the Human Rights Commission and I believe the report published today will provide a valuable contribution to the emergency care agenda and more generally in relation to strengthening human rights based approach to delivering healthcare.”
“Whilst we acknowledge that the pace of change has been slower than anticipated, we continue to develop and reform our health and social care services in line with the models of care set out in TYC, to ensure they are fit for the future.
The Health and Social Care Board has participated fully in the Commission’s work and we now look forward to carefully considering their findings and recommendations in detail and providing a considered view in due course.”