Older People and Health and Social Care – Getting the ‘Right’ Approach: How including the voices of older people and other human rights-based approaches improves outcomes in health and social care for older people

Thursday 22 October 2015, Riddel Hall, Queen’s University Belfast

This joint Age NI/ARK conference brought together leading experts on older people, human rights and health and social care in order to provide an evidence based analysis of key challenges affecting older people in the area of health and social care.  The event was aimed at political representatives, policy makers, those involved in service delivery, academics and older people.  Drawing on evidence and expert analysis, including the direct experience of older people, the presentations and discussions explored solutions and recommendations aimed at influencing policy making and service delivery in Northern Ireland.

Speakers included:

  • Linda Robinson (AgeNI)  Video
  • Maeve McLaughlin MLA, Chair of Committee for Health, Social Services and Public Safety  Video
  • Marj Aiken Video
  • John Williams (University of Aberystwyth)  Video
  • Lindsey Dyer (Mersey Care Trust)  Video
  • Robert Peat (Scottish Care Inspectorate)  Video
  • Margaret McKenna (AgeNI) Video

The afternoon session included a panel discussion involving:

  • Maeve McLaughlin MLA, Chair of Committee for Health, Social Services and Public Safety
  • Mary Black, Assistant Director of Health and Social Wellbeing Improvement, Public Health Agency
  • Kevin Keenan, Assistant Director, Assistant Director Older People and Adults, Health and Social Care Board
  • Evelyn Hoy, Chief Executive, Commissioner for Older People
  • Dr. Alan Lennon, Chair, Regulation and Quality Improvement Authority
  • Virginia McVea, Director, Northern Ireland Human Rights Commission
  • Edel Quinn, Strategic Policy Advisor, Age NI

The event was covered on NVTV, and the programme is available here.

Information on the event can also be found on the AgeNI website.