Pathfinder Engagement for Fermanagh and West Tyrone to begin in November


Pathfinder Engagement for Fermanagh and West Tyrone to begin in NovemberThe Western Trust announced in July 2018 that it would be embarking on a Pathfinder initiative looking at Health and Social Care across Fermanagh and West Tyrone.

In delivering a series of briefings to staff, public representatives and groups at the South West Acute Hospital on Friday 27 July 2018, Western Trust Chief Executive, Dr Anne Kilgallen, said: “We see Pathfinder as creating a whole new conversation about Health and Social Care in Fermanagh and West Tyrone. It means taking a detailed honest look at what we are doing and whether we can do it better.”

Western Trust Deputy Chief Executive, Kieran Downey, was also announced as the appointed lead figure for the Pathfinder initiative at the briefings. The first stage in the process centred around a series of engaging discussions with staff in South West Acute Hospital and Omagh Hospital and Primary Care Complex on Friday 17 August 2018.

Mr Downey has now introduced the Pathfinder initiative to various stakeholders ahead of what will be an intensive period of face-to-face engagement with all the community beginning in November 2018. This included a presentation to members of the Personal and Public Involvement (PPI) forum and also to a large audience at the Fermanagh Rural Community Network Annual General Meeting.

Kieran said: “We announced Pathfinder in July and August and have been preparing since then for what will be a very intensive period of engagement with all stakeholders across Fermanagh and West Tyrone. This engagement is the foundation stone of the whole initiative. It will involve patients, staff, community and voluntary groups, carers, action groups, public representatives and other stakeholders. With the Public Health Agency, we will then undertake a population health needs analysis to further inform our thinking.”

Kieran continued: “I would urge everyone to get involved with the Pathfinder discussions, to give this process a chance. We are asking what needs to happen to ensure current and future needs of the community are properly met. As the name suggests, Pathfinder is about finding the best route forward for affordable Health and Social Care for Fermanagh and West Tyrone.”

A new online hub for the Pathfinder initiative will be launched soon and further information and details of the Community engagement programme will be found there.

You can view the latest Video message from Deputy Chief Executive, Kieran Downey, on the Pathfinder initiative here.