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PATHFINDER for Fermanagh & West Tyrone

 

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What matters most to you

May, 2019

Loneliness, home care, appointment waiting times and travel were just some of the main issues coming from the extensive engagement sessions the Pathfinder team have embarked upon over the past few months.

The team have now completed all the engagement reviews and they are available for you to read now. For each session you can read about the main issues discussed in that particular area. 

We’re also in the process of compiling the responses from the online survey, which featured more than 100 respondents, including many Western Trust staff members, to give us an even more in-depth look at how people feel about the services in the area.

We’ll be using these reviews to put together a detailed report on the progress of the Pathfinder project so far and the next steps we’ll be taking in the coming months. An example of the reviews is below.

You can read all of the reviews through the Community Engagement Programme link on the Pathfinder page or you can click here or on the review below.

 

 

It's time for action, Pathfinder Summit hears 
April 2019

 

       
        

 

One of the key messages from the Fermanagh and West Tyrone Health Summit on Tuesday in Enniskillen was a call to action for health providers and members of the community.

Health and social care leaders from across the region joined with community and public representatives to listen to the findings of one of the biggest engagement projects in health and social care in Northern Ireland – the Fermanagh and West Tyrone Pathfinder.  

Since July 2018, the Western Health and Social Care Trust’s (Western Trust) Fermanagh and West Tyrone Pathfinder Project has engaged 2,200 people in more than 62 venues across many diverse settings, from community centres in Derrygonnelly to sports halls in Loughmacrory, from farm sheds in Brookeborough to hospital staff rooms in Enniskillen and Omagh.

More than 170 delegates attended the summit to see and hear from guest speaker Professor Rafael Bengoa, a respected health care contributor and the author of Health and Wellbeing 2026: Delivering Together, the blueprint for health and social care transformation in Northern Ireland. Professor Bengoa said Pathfinder was an intelligent way of reengaging with the community. He welcomed the work put into improving health and social care services and said it was similar to what other countries, including his own, the Basque country, Spain and Italy were also doing. 

He said: “We are trying to get to a more community-oriented model. You have a hard job in implementing and I think that you are already starting that implementation. We are finding with clinicians and nurse involvement the pathway is already changing the way we organise hospitals, thinking in a completely different way. Here you are far ahead of other countries, the UK in general, in that new way of leading an organisation.”

Professor Bengoa also said that the health care system in Northern Ireland was one of the most generous. "The community need to start understanding what they are getting. I think it is important from the community for them to realise that idea."

Chief Executive of the Western Trust, Anne Kilgallen, said: “This Pathfinder project has not only presented a unique opportunity to take a critical look at how we do things in health and social are in Fermanagh and West Tyrone, it has also created a very strong platform for us to begin to develop sustainable services well into the future.”

Western Trust Deputy Chief Executive Kieran Downey, who led the Pathfinder project, said the summit provided a platform to focus on the future design and planning of health and social care services in Fermanagh and West Tyrone by working together through effective community collaboration. 
He said: “With the Public Health Agency leading a recalibration of the population health needs analysis, the next phase in the process will involve the seven appointed independent Experts by Experience joining a number of influential stakeholders across four work streams influenced by Health and Wellbeing 2026: Delivering Together, to look at designing and developing plans for the delivery of services going forward.”

Professor Bengoa took a tour of SWAH with Western Trust Medical Director Dermott Hughes and Assistant Director for Acute Services Ronan O'Hare. 

 

 

Experts by Experience

The Experts by Experience are due to meet in the coming days to learn about their roles and to develop their pathway in the Pathfinder process.

Joey Kelly, one the Pathfinder Experts by Experience, said the summit was a fantastic day: “It was very well presented, informative, the statistics were great, I was shocked by them. 

“To be there in the company of Professor Bengoa who compared us to other countries reaching out to communities in the same way, was all so positive. To know that this project was one of the first in the north and thinking that other countries such as Sweden and Spain are contemplating doing similar projects is fantastic."

Joey got a chance to speak to Professor Bengoa (see picture below) and said he was a lovely man. “He said to me don’t try and tackle more things than necessary, don’t try and do everything at once, but target what you know you can change.”

He commented that the Experts by Experience were a very different group of personalities but that this was a good thing for the process, bringing varying experiences and views to the table. 

 

 

What if?

A video put together by the Pathfinder team and presented at the summit highlighted some ideas that could be put into practice to help address some of the issues raised. Have a look below.

 

 

 

 


March 2019

Engagement journey review

Over the past number of months we have held an extensive engagement programme across Fermanagh and West Tyrone. We are now in the process of highlighting the main topics that were discussed at each engagement session for your reference. 

We will be releasing the detail on a gradual basis as we work our way through the feedback received from all engagement sessions. All of the feedback given through the engagement sessions will be considered and used to inform improvements to services where possible. This engagement journey has been a vital part of the Pathfinder process and is a very important foundation in our work progressing successfully. To view the first sessions, visit the Community Engagement Page here.

The online survey has now closed.

 

 


 

March 2019

Pathfinder progress – where we are now 

 

After months of stimulating and vibrant engagement sessions with more than 2,000 local people across Fermanagh and West Tyrone, we have now completed the first phase in the ongoing Pathfinder process.

We have heard from you about what is working and what is not working so well within the Health and Social Care Services across this region and are now in the process of collating the vast amount of information gathered at the engagement sessions from you, Western Trust staff and other stakeholders. 

Over the next few weeks we will be releasing this information as key themes, by area on the Pathfinder online hub. Any requests for information in alternative formats can be made directly to the Pathfinder office.

We’re looking forward to sharing this work with you as it develops to support Health and Social Care services working better for you. 

For more information check this page regularly as well as our Twitter and Facebook pages.

 

 


Opportunities to have your say on Pathfinder

We have completed our Pathfinder Engagement journey and have attended over 70 Engagement sessions overall from November 2018 through to end of February 2019. Over 2,000 stakeholders have participated in very open and honest engagement throughout this period and, while a number of meetings will continue in March together with engagement with Schools, this phase of engagement has now ended.

There is now an opportunity for anyone who was unable to attend any of the Pathfinder Engagement Sessions to submit your views directly to the Pathfinder Team. This process will be available until 28 March 2019 through any of the following channels:

Tyrone & Fermanagh Hospital
1 Donaghanie Road
Omagh
BT79. 0NS

 

 

  

Derrygonnelly, Co. Fermanagh                                     Internal Engagement, Omagh Hospital

  

Internal Engagement, South West Acute Hospital         Tara Centre, Omagh, Co. Tyrone

  

Teemore, Co. Fermanagh                                                                                        Carrickmore, Co. Tyrone

 

  

Fermanagh RCN                                                                Belcoo, Co. Fermanagh

 

  

Belleek, Co. Fermanagh                                                                             Irvinestown, Co. Fermanagh

 

  

Loughmacrory, Co. Tyrone                                             Gortin, Co. Tyrone

 

  

Clinical Leads, South West Acute Hospital                                   Rosslea, Co. Fermanagh

 


 

Pathfinder Engagement is proving most influential in the future planning of Health and Social Care in Fermanagh and West Tyrone

The Western Trust is seeking your views to improve health and social care services across the region and through one of the most significant periods of engagement ever undertaken by the organisation, the Pathfinder Team have now engaged with over one thousand people at over 50 events across the region.

The Pathfinder project is about delivering better organised services for the region and this engagement phase with stakeholders across all our local communities is pivotal in achieving that aim.

The events feature a presentation by members of the Pathfinder team followed by ‘Cafe Style’ discussion in small groups. To ensure strong and meaningful engagement, we are working with groups of up to 30 people. With the Public Health Authority, the Trust will then undertake a population health needs analysis to further inform our thinking. Members of the public will also be involved in the decision-making groups for the project and the five independently appointed ‘Experts by Experience’ will be announced soon.

Deputy Chief Executive, Kieran Downey, who is leading the Pathfinder project, said as the name suggests, Pathfinder is about finding the best route forward. He said: “There is no doubt that there are a number of challenges that lie ahead but there are also great opportunities. By taking a detailed, honest look at what we are doing and ensuring we hear the experiences and views of all the community and stakeholders, we can do this better working together going forward.

“It is vital to state again we have no pre-determined outcomes in this process and this is not about cost cutting exercises. It is about working with what we have to deliver services better for everyone”.

As the intensive period of Community Engagement comes to a close at the end of February 2019 (you can check the remaining dates coming up on the list below) there will also now be a focus on our Schools and young people in the region.

You can check out how your Primary School can become involved too by announcing your ‘Health Champions Team’ in Primary 7 in your School. If your Primary School want to join the discussion and enter our Pathfinder Primary Schools competition then email pathfinder@westerntrust.hscni.net for further information.

 


 

Community invited to engage with Western Trust on the future of health and Social Care in Fermanagh and West Tyrone

The Western Trust are now underway with one of the most significant periods of engagement ever in the organisation as they strive to create better, sustainable and affordable Health and Social Care services across Fermanagh and West Tyrone. This entire project is about delivering better organised services for the entire region and the engagement period with all the local communities is seen as pivotal in achieving that aim.

Deputy Chief Executive of the Western Trust, Kieran Downey, who is leading the Pathfinder project, says “There is no doubt that there are a number of challenges which lie ahead but there are also great opportunities. By taking a detailed honest look at what we are doing and ensuring we hear the experiences and views of all the community and stakeholders, we can do this better working together going forward. It is vital to state again we have no pre-determined outcomes in this process and this is not about cost cutting exercises. It is about working with what we have to deliver services better for everyone”.

Tyrone GAA Manager, Mickey Harte, is one of a number of people in the region who have used the services and is very much endorsing this process to see the best possible outcomes achieved for Health and Social Care in Fermanagh and West Tyrone.

“This Pathfinder Project being undertaken by the Western Trust is the best possible way to find the best possible care for all the people of Fermanagh and West Tyrone. It is bringing healthcare discussions and engagement into the community and you should really engage in this process as it is the people across all the communities who really matter and it is very important to come forward, attend the engagement meetings planned and give your views on this. There is no doubt that when everyone works together you will always get the best possible outcome” commented the Tyrone GAA Manager.

“To better anything we have to experience it and talk about it. We have to find new ways of doing the things that we used to do. That is the same in anything and of course is the case in a sporting context – we can’t keep doing the same things o we will continue to get the same results. That is what the Western Trust are about in this Pathfinder project in finding the best possible service going forward for that is what the people of Fermanagh and West Tyrone deserve.”

In October and November, the Western Trust delivered twenty pre-engagement events and provided information on what Pathfinder is about and inviting the public to come forward and talk about their experiences and views on Health and Social Care in the region. This engagement began in December and will continue with a further series of meaningful engagement events in January and February 2019.

In order to ensure strong and meaningful engagement,  will be engaging with groups of up to 30 people. These events will include a presentation followed by ‘Cafe Style’ discussion in small groups and we will therefore hold successive group sessions at venues, as required, to ensure small groups and meaningful conversations and discussion. With the PHA, the Trust will then undertake a population health needs analysis to further inform our thinking. Members of the public will also be “involved” in the decision making groups and body for the project and you can get involved by putting your name forward as an involvement ‘Expert by Experience’ – details below on how you do this.

If your Group, in the Fermanagh and West Tyrone Region, would like to arrange an Engagement Session as part of the complete Pathfinder Engagement Programme then please contact Chris Curran, Communications Manager, by email to pathfinder@westerntrust.hscni.net.

The Engagement programme for the Pathfinder (Fermanagh and West Tyrone) Project will see a series of events spread right across Fermanagh and West Tyrone throughout January and into February 2019.


The initial engagement component of Pathfinder has two early phases...

 

Pre-Engagement information presentations:

There will be two phases to the initial engagement phase of Pathfinder. The first phase will encompass a series of presentations, providing information to the Public on what Pathfinder is and how we will engage with the public. These presentations will be to various groups, by open invitation, across Fermanagh and West Tyrone. This phase will run from mid-October through to the end of November.

 

Engagement phase of the Pathfinder Project...

Phase 2 of this engagement period will be in the format of short presentation and comprehensive discussion (Café Style Engagement). We are promoting how we really want to hear the thoughts of the public (all stakeholders) on the future of affordable Health and Social Care for Fermanagh and West Tyrone. Details of the presentation and engagement sessions have been put in place for individuals who wish to attend and engage with us.

Engagement sessions will be led by Western Trust Deputy Chief Executive, Kieran Downey, along with members of the Corporate Management Team.