Conclusions and recommendations

Transformation work across health and social care is being supported in Northern Ireland despite the lack of a local Assembly in recent years. This is being led by the Department of Health in conjunction with the Health and Social Care Board, GPs, health trusts and other health agencies. Broad objectives for health transformation were laid out in health strategies published towards the end of 2016 and early 2017. In addition, the publication of the Power to People report in late 2017 recognised the importance of reforming an adult social care system that cannot meet growing demand in its current form, especially with a growing ageing population.

Many innovative models of care and support exist already in Northern Ireland. Some of these are already delivered by health trusts or community and voluntary providers. The challenge is scaling up proven models of person-centred care beyond specific geographical areas or specialisms of care and embedding co-production at all stages.
Key recommendations include:

Community-based models (SCIE Highlights No 6)
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