Transforming Health through Openness and Candour – key consultation event for voluntary and community sector organisations in the North West

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30 September 2019 -
10:00am to 1:30pm

Work is on-going to transform the operating culture of the health service in Northern Ireland. Following the recommendations from the Inquiry into Hyponatraemia-Related Deaths (IHRD), the Department of Health is engaged in a major drive to ensure health and social care services are open and transparent.

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The event will feature:

  • Fergal Bradley, IHRD Programme Manager, DoH
  • Peter McBride, Chair of the Being Open sub-group
  • Quintin Oliver, Chair of the Duty of Candour workstream
  • Questions and answers to the Department of Health

Lunch will be provided. For more information on the event, please contact [email protected].

Seamus McAleavey, Chief Executive of NICVA said:

“This response to the Inquiry highlights a major shift in thinking in the Department of Health.  It will transform the culture in health organisations to the benefit of patients and the public.  It will also set the agenda of organisational culture beyond health organisations as the public will expect openness and candour from all including third sector organisations.  That is why it is really important for voluntary and community organisations to engage in this change process and influence its outcome.”


A key recommendation of the IHRD was to embed within the health and social care system a ‘Being Open’ culture alongside a statutory Duty of Candour in Northern Ireland. The Department of Health wants to engage directly with the voluntary and community sector as part of this process. NICVA believes it is important that the sector in the North West us involved as much as possible as the Department implements the recommendations of the IHRD.

The event follows the consultation event held at NICVA in Belfast in June, where approximately 70 voluntary and community organisations had the opportunity to help input into and inform the Workstreams of the Implementation Programme. This event will follow the same format and will allow voluntary and community organisations in the North West to have the same input.

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Peter McBride, chair of the Being Open workstream, explains why it is important for the voluntary and community sector to get involved:

“Working groups with representation from across the health sector, the 3rd sector and patients/carers have been working on the practical implications of implementing these IHRD recommendations, which will have a far-reaching impact on how health service organisations, statutory and otherwise, share information.

“Any organisation working in partnership with statutory health services will be expected to support and encourage an open and transparent culture.  In order to give you an opportunity to explore how this will affect you and your organisations, this event has been organised on the 27 June 2019 at which you will have the chance to engage with these issues and learn more about their potential impact.”


For further information on the IHRD Implementation Programme, please follow this link to the Department’s website.






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