Opinion

Changes ahead for Northern Ireland’s community and primary care nurses

Northern Ireland’s Health Minister Michelle O’Neill has committed to tackle the issues faced in the health and social care system, and nurses have a vital role to play, says Charlotte McArdle.
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Nurses have a vital role to play in Northern Ireland health and social care reforms, says Charlotte McArdle

Northern Ireland’s Health Minister Michelle O’Neill has set out a commitment to tackle the issues faced in the health and social care (HSC) system in her report, ‘Health and Wellbeing 2026: Delivering Together’.

The document set out the need for change, and aims to create a new model of person-centred care, which will improve a service that Ms O’Neill says is ‘at breaking point’. It includes a requirement to develop innovative primary care-based models that will allow non-medical staff to work in a way that makes the most of their skills.

The minister recognised that clinical and social care staff are working harder than

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