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Northern Ireland’s Social Care Workforce Regulator has called for this crucial sector to be recognised as one of national strategic importance following the publication of two major reports examining the challenges and opportunities for the social care workforce in Northern Ireland. For the first time ever, service providers and key…
The Northern Ireland Social Care Council (NISCC) has launched a detailed guide for social work and social care staff on how to raise concerns in their workplace. As part of their roles and responsibilities, NISCC is required to produce and publish Standards of Conduct and Practice expected of social workers…
A mother bereaved in the Northern Ireland Troubles has penned a heartfelt open letter to the Government claiming victims are being forgotten amid the delay addressing the legacy of the conflict. Ann Service's son Brian, 35, was shot dead by loyalist paramilitaries in north Belfast in October 1998 - six…
Northern Ireland’s chief social worker, Sean Holland, has welcomed a new workshop and resource kit to equip people with a learning disability with the skills that they need to make informed choices and decisions about their lives. Speaking at the launch of 'The Capacity, Consent & Decision Making Workshop' project…
A former mental health nurse who strangled and butchered a dog and fed it to a pet is psychopathic, a doctor said. Dominic O'Connor, 28, faces up to five years in prison after he used a lead to kill the animal in Northern Ireland in December 2016. He cooked its…
Four staff members at a residential facility for vulnerable adults have been excluded from work amid a police investigation into concerns about their conduct. Muckamore Abbey Hospital in Antrim provides care for adults with an intellectual disability and those with behavioural or mental ill health. It is understood a probe…
Brexit could have "serious implications" on Ireland's struggling health workforce, one of the World Health Organisation's (WHO) top officials has warned. Jim Campbell, director of the WHO's health workforce department, said he was concerned that post Brexit the UK may try to fill gaps left by EU migrant health workers…
Northern Ireland's cash-strapped health service is paying up to £120 an hour for agency nurses as it struggles to plug chronic staff shortages, it can be revealed. Hospitals and clinics are becoming increasingly reliant on agency nurses due to difficulties in filling staff posts. The Press Association has learned that…
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