Pathfinder

"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’re doing and whether we can do it better.”

Further Information and Contact us regardinig the Fermanagh and West Tyrone Pathfinder:

PATHFINDER Online Hub: www.westerntrust.hscni.net/pathfinder

Email us at: pathfinder@westerntrust.hscni.net


Western Trust preparing for engaging Pathfinder initiative

The 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, 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’re 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 & Primary Care Complex on Friday 17 August.

Kieran 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. This included a presentation to members of the PPI forum and also to a large audience at the Fermanagh Rural Community Network AGM.

“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 & voluntary groups, carers, action groups, public representatives and other stakeholders. With the PHA, we will then undertake a population health needs analysis to further inform our thinking” said the Western Trust Deputy Chief Executive.

“I would urge everyone to get involved with the Pathfinder discussions, to give this process a chance. We’re 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”, concluded Kieran.

PATHFINDER Online Hub

A new online hub for the Pathfinder initiative is currently being developed and will be launched on Friday 7 December 2018. Further information and details of the Community engagement programme will be found here when launched.

The initial intensive period of engagement will commence with a series of events in December 2018, January 2019 and up to Friday 15 February 2019.

In December 2018 this will comprise a series of Engagement Events with groups/organisations and internal groups who have specifically requested engagement sessions with their groups.

January and February 2019 will comprise a comprehensive list of 20+ locations/venues, spread across Fermanagh and West Tyrone, where we will invite the public and members of those communities to come out and engage with us on this hugely important project at venues local to them. The area covered by the Pathfinder initiative can be seen on the map below.

In order to ensure strong and meaningful engagement, we 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, we will then undertake a population health needs analysis to further inform our thinking.

In October and November, we have been delivering various pre-engagement events and providing information on what Pathfinder is about and inviting the public to come forward and talk to us at our engagement events in December/January/February. As already mentioned, details of these will be released in December.

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.

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

This link will be the official online hub for Pathfinder information and resources and full details will be available here from Friday 7 December 2018: www.westerntrust.hscni.net/pathfinder


 

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.

Groups are invited to arrange a specific engagement session by email to Chris.Curran@westerntrust.hscni.net. These sessions will be specific to groups of more than 15 and less than 30 individuals. They will be accommodated as part of our locations based planning upon request in December 2018, January/February 2019.

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