6th Annual Personal & Public Involvement Engagement Event


6th Annual Personal & Public Involvement Engagement EventThe Western Trust’s Equality and Involvement Team held its 6th Annual Celebration/ Engagement Event in the Mellon Country Hotel, Omagh on the 22nd May 2019.

The eight projects showcased on the day were funded by the Public Health Agency (PHA). It was an opportunity for the Trust to celebrate and highlight Personal and Public Involvement (PPI)/Co-Production work, share learning, celebrate and showcase good practice in relation to PPI/ Co-Production within the Trust.

Over 80 service users, community and voluntary representatives and Trust staff had the opportunity to speak informally to service users/clients and staff involved in PPI/Co-Production Projects that had taken place within the Trust and learn of further opportunities for involvement.

Initiatives represented at the Event were: Development of electronic communication opportunities for those with limited verbal communication, Development of a service user group in Maternity services, Photography project and development of young person’s PPI forum, 16+ Communication App (16+CAPP), Service User involvement to Improve the Radiology Experience at SWAH and Focus groups to develop and improve access to Pain Management services.

Opening the PPI Engagement Event, Western Trust Chief Executive Dr Anne Kilgallen, commented: “I am delighted to be here at this wonderful celebration event today which highlights the importance of service users involvement in achieving the Trust’s vision. This annual event is an opportunity to showcase our commitment to embedding PPI/ Co Production and ensuring this is at the heart of service development and improvement. The Western Trust is committed to making the West a Great Place to Live, a Great Place to Grow Old and a great Place to Work and the challenge for us is to ask how can we make services work to meet our service users needs.”

Dr Kilgallen added: “Today is also about celebrating the work of the Trust’s PPI Steering Group, how it works in partnership with service users, carer’s and senior staff to support, advise and guide Trust staff in this way of working.  This as an opportunity to celebrate the wonderful work that is taking place within the Western Trust, share learning, celebrate and showcase good practice that has improved services. We want to highlight the current ethos within the Trust of working with experts by experience and professionals to create positive healthcare outcomes.”

The event was closed by Roy McCullough, service user and co-chair of the Trust’s PPI Forum.  Feedback from the day was extremely positive, with participants saying that they found the event very enjoyable, inspirational and motivational.  Attendees also praised the café style format of the event.

Fionnuala McKinney, Acting PPI Lead paid tribute to Stella Cummings, Non-Executive Director who retired last month and unfortunately couldn’t attend the event. Stella was the longest standing Co-Chair of the Trust’s PPI Steering Group and was acknowledged for her commitment and dedication to ensuring we continue to strive to make services better for our service users.

For more information or to get involved please contact Martin McCrory, User Involvement Advisor for the Western Trust on T: 028 82835278 email: martin.mccrory@westerntrust.hscni.net or equality.admin@westerntrust.hscni.net.