Celebrating ‘Engagement’ Work in the Western Trust


Celebrating ‘Engagement’ Work in the Western TrustThe Western Trust’s Equality and Involvement Team held its 5th Annual Engage Event recently in the Mellon Country Hotel, Omagh.

The event, which was funded by the Public Health Agency (PHA), was an opportunity for the Trust to highlight Personal and Public Involvement (PPI) work, share learning and celebrate and showcase good practice in relation to PPI within the Trust.

Personal and Public Involvement is also known as ‘Service User Involvement’ and is the active and effective involvement of service users, carers and the public in Health and Social Care (HSC) services.  Involvement can range from one-to-one clinical or social care interaction with service users and carers, through to larger engagements to assess needs, design services and influence commissioning priorities and policy development.

Over 100 service users/members of the public, community and voluntary representatives and Trust staff had the opportunity to speak informally to service users/clients and staff involved in in the planning, development and delivery of Health and Social Care Services in the Trust and learn of further opportunities for involvement.

Initiatives represented at the Event were:  Renal Transplant Improvement Project; Teenagers Effecting Change (TEC) Project; Learning Disability Advisory Group; Wayfinding within Altnagelvin Hospital; TIDE (Teenage, Intervention, and Diversionary & Education) Programme; Eye Care Services  WHSCT  (10,000 Voices); Breastfeeding Peer Support Link Worker Project; Herceptin Nurse Assessment Clinic & Hub; the Recovery College; Schools for Hope.

Opening the Engage Event, Western Trust Chief Executive Dr Anne Kilgallen, commented:  “We know that there is a keen interest in the work of the Western Trust and I greatly appreciate everyone who has taken the time to attend this event to celebrate Personal & Public Involvement within the Trust.”

Dr Kilgallen added: “There is a continued commitment to mainstreaming PPI within the Trust.   We continue to make steady progress in relation to our PPI Action Plan however, we acknowledge that we are limited in terms of the work we can undertake due to pressures on resources.  Within the Trust a range of mechanisms are in place which actively involve, engage and address the needs of those who do, or could, experience particular disadvantage or marginalization.”
The Event was closed by Roy McCullough, service user and co-chair of the Trust PPI Forum.  Feedback from the day has been extremely positive, with participants stating that they found the event very enjoyable, inspirational and motivational.  Attendees also praised the café style format of the event.