NORTHERN IRELAND RARE DISEASES IMPLEMENTATION PLAN – FOCUS WORKSHOP FOR HEALTHCARE PROFESSIONALS

This is to provide more information on the Focus Workshop, aimed primarily at Healthcare professionals, which is being held from 4pm to 7pm on 7 June, in the Grosvenor Hall, Glengall Street, Belfast BT15 5AD.

The Focus Workshop builds on the Workshops held across Northern Ireland during March and April. It will consider the findings and recommendations from those Workshops; and agree priorities for action.  It will also focus on identifying existing information and communication channels used by clinicians and other healthcare professionals working with rare diseases; and consider how these might be improved.

Please register now to attend; and also complete the Survey to ensure that your voice is heard!

 

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NI Rare Diseases Implementation Plan: work in progress!

At last, work is underway on all four of the Priority Actions in the NI Rare Diseases Implementation Plan:

  • The NI Genomic Medicine Centre is now established; staff are being recruited; and protocols for evaluation of the outcomes are being developed with NIRDP input;
  • Over the past month, NIRDP has  held well attended Communications and Information Review Workshops across Northern Ireland.  Thank you, to all those who came along and contributed so powerfully; and a special “Thank You” for their time and support to our speakers, Dr Fiona Stewart, Dr Vivienne McConnell, Dr Deidre Donnelly, and Dr Gillian Rea from the Regional Medical Genetics Service, to Ryan Wilson from the Department of Health, and to our Facilitator, Grace Henry.

The views and ideas from the Workshops are now being analysed; and will be added to the information from the Online Survey- which is still open.  So please go to the Survey, and make your voice count! The emerging findings will be considered in a Focus Workshop on 7 June: Register your interest in attending this event here

Work is now also starting on:

  • Scoping for a Rare Diseases Registry for Northern Ireland, looking at how to establish a Registry, including the need for information on congenital abnormalities, and for links to existing and developing information systems (such as the new English system, NCARDRS), whether in the UK, Ireland, or internationally; and
  • A Training Needs Analysis for doctors and other clinicians in rare diseases building on the existing presentations, delivered in part by NIRDP Members,  in year 1 and year 5 of the medical training course.

This work programme is being overseen by the Rare Diseases Implementation Plan Steering Group, led by Professor Ian Young,  Chief Scientific Adviser to the Department of Health.  The aim is to have a Report by Christmas; an “action research model” is being used, so wherever possible learning can be translated into practice without delay.

 

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Communication and Information Review: Have your say, and make the NI Rare Disease Plan work!

Northern Ireland Rare Diseases Implementation Plan

As part of the Plan we are working with the Department of Health and the HSC bodies to carry out a Communications and Information Review; and on the basis of the evidence gathered, to make and implement recommendations for improvements to current systems.

The Review will provide both face to face and online/paper opportunities to participate; so please make full use of all the opportunities there are- your knowledge and experience is needed to build a better system!

We are starting by holding a series of interactive Workshops (see dates/times/venues below) facilitated by Grace Henry, designed to find out:

  • what information you need to help you tackle the challenges of a rare disease- whether you are a person living with a rare disease, a carer, a health professional, or a policy maker or service manager;
  • how that information should be made available; and
  • how you would like to participate in designing, delivering and evaluating services for rare diseases

These Workshops will give you an opportunity to hear about what is happening on the NI Rare Disease Plan (including on the NI Genomic Medicine Centre; the NI Rare Disease Registry; and medical education) and to have your say  in shaping how you will be included and involved in planning, decision making, and evaluating services.  It’s your chance to describe the information that is available, and how you get it; what is missing;   and to define the information and support you need- and how it should be delivered.

Workshop Outline Agenda:

  • What are Rare Diseases? Consultant in Genetics, Regional Medical Genetics Service
  • The Rare Disease Plan and the HSC: Department of Health Official, Secondary Care Directorate
  • What information is there/What do you need/How should it be delivered: Questionnaire and Facilitated Discussion Groups; Grace Henry

Workshops

  • 16 March 15.00 to 17.00 Conference Room, Portadown Health and Care Centre, Tavanagh Avenue, Portadown BT62 3BU
    Eventbrite - Communications Workshop 2 Have Your Say: Make the Rare Disease Plan work!
  • 22 March 16.00 to 19.00 Larkin Room. Post Graduate Medical Centre, Belfast City Hospital, Lisburn Road, Belfast BT9 7AB
    Eventbrite - Communications Workshop 3 Have Your Say: Make the Rare Disease Plan work!
  • 27 March 12.30 to 14.30 Mulberry Suite, Corrs Corner Hotel, 315 Ballyclare Rd, Newtownabbey, BT36 4TQ
    Eventbrite - Communications Workshop 4  Have your say: Make the Rare Diseases Plan Work!
  • 4 April 15.00 to 17.00 Boardroom, South West Acute Hospital, 124 Irvinestown Rd, Enniskillen BT74 6DN
    Eventbrite - Communications Workshop 5 Have Your Say: Make the Rare Disease Plan Work!

Online Survey

Please comment on Facebook or through Twitter – we are planning a Tweetchat soon; but it would be good to meet up face to face, and share views, ideas and experiences!

Connecting  Advocating  Educating and Innovating

Stronger Together

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Joint North South Rare Disease Day 2017/Foyle and North West Rare Disease Forum

This year, we are celebrating Rare Disease Day on 28 February jointly with our counterparts in the South, The Rare Disease Taskforce- in the palatial surroundings of the Royal Hospital Kilmainham, from 9.45 to 4 pm: see the impressive Programme below.

Please Register here:

Meanwhile from 11.30 to 12.30  the Mayor of Derry, Alderman Hilary McClintock, kindly is hosting a Reception  in the gracious surroundings of the Whittaker Suite, Guildhall,Derry/Londonderry, to celebrate the Day! Everyone is welcome at this informal event, to hear about what is happening around research into rare disease, and how to have your say on improving the systems for preventing, treating and living with rare conditions.

Please register now to receive an invitation

The Programme for the Kilmainham event is here:

Joint North South Rare Disease Day Conference 28 February 2017

9.45am: Registration, Tea and Coffee

Theme 1:  Updates, Progress and Gaps

10.30am                    Welcome and opening remarks: Philip Watt, Chairperson, Rare Disease Taskforce

10.45am                    Opening Address: Mark Pollock

11.00am                    Update on progress on Rare Diseases in Northern Ireland: Professor Ian Young

11.20am                    Progress at a European level: Professor Eileen Treacy

11.40am: Tea/Coffee Break and Networking Opportunity

Theme 2: Accessing New and Innovative Medicines: The Needs and the Challenges  Chaired by: Derick Mitchell, IPPOSI

12.10pm Rare lung diseases – opportunities and challenges: Professor Gerry McElvaney

12.30pm A pharmacoeconomics perspective: Professor Michael Barry NCPE

12.50pm Patient group perspective: Michael Griffith and Dermot Devlin

13.10pm Discussion

 13.30pm: Lunch

Theme 3: The role of Genomics and Research in Rare Diseases  Chaired by: Fiona McLoughlin, Chairperson, NI Rare Disease Partnership

14.15pm 22Q11: A North/South patient group perspective: Gillian Cassidy and Anne Lawlor

14.35pm The Patient Journey – Living with a Genetic Diagnosis: Rose Kelly and Anne Lennon Bird

14:55pm The role and potential of genomics in tackling rare diseases: Dr Sean Ennis

15:15pm Cheryl Flanagan: Northern Ireland Genomic Medicine Centre

15.35pm Discussion

15.55pm Concluding Remarks: Avril Daly, GRDO

The National Rare Disease Office team will be on hand on the day to showcase the Orphanet system throughout the day.

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Ataxia

Rare Disease “Research into Practice” Series
Ataxia: Translating Research into Practice
17 February 2017
Grosvenor Hall, Glengall Street, Belfast BT12 5AD

NIRDP has joined forces with Ataxia UK and with the support of the Public Health Agency’s Research and Development Division is bringing international experts in Ataxia together at a training Conference in the Grosvenor Hall, Belfast on 17 February.

The conference will be of relevance and interest to anyone living or working with Ataxia and other movement disorders; and to those interested in the hearing difficulties associated with Ataxia. Don’t miss this opportunity to hear from world leading clinicians on recent developments in the diagnosis and management of Ataxia; and from patients and carers on the experience of living with Ataxia.

Register now at the link below!

The event has been approved by the Federation of Royal Colleges of Physicians of the UK for 5 Category 1 (external) CPD Points.

9.00 Registration & Coffee
9.30 Welcome Christine Collins, Northern Ireland Rare Disease Partnership
9.35 Living with ataxia Clodagh Clerkin, Ataxia Ireland
9.45 Types of ataxia and their clinical care pathways Dr Petya Bogdanova-Mihaylova, Registrar, Tallaght Hospital, Dublin
10.15 The patient experience of diagnosis Alex Duncan, Ataxia UK
10.25 Diagnosis of inherited ataxias: recent developments in genetics research Professor Patrick Morrison, Consultant in clinical genetics, Belfast NHS Trust
11.00 Break
11.20 How to reach a diagnosis in the ataxias: a clinical perspective Professor Marios Hadjivassilliou, Professor of Neurology Sheffield Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust
12.05 Experiences of ataxia patients in Northern Ireland – results of a survey undertaken by Ataxia UK Sue Millman, CEO Ataxia UK
12.30 Speech therapy interventions in ataxia Professor Anja Lowit, Professor of Speech and Language Therapy, Strathclyde University
13.00 Lunch
14:15 Overview of Ataxia Medical Guidelines Dr Julie Greenfield, Head of Research, Ataxia UK
14:25 Hearing difficulties in people with ataxia and the use of FM hearing devices Dr Kai Uus, Reader in audiology, Manchester University
14:55 Ataxia Research: Latest developments in clinical studies Dr Julie Greenfield, Head of Research, Ataxia UK
15:25 Any remaining questions and closing remarks Sue Millman, CEO Ataxia UK
15.40 Close
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