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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 Hate, 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.

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.