A Year in Figures 2017/18
3595 people were supported in total in 2017/18 by our Care Services team.
2,195 new referrals were made into all of our services, mostly by colleagues in the Health and Social Care System.
1,110 stroke survivors and their families received vital and timely help, information and guidance from our Stroke Family Support Service.
400 people benefitted from attending our Breathing Better Groups, a lifeline for people living with chronic lung diseases.
650 people attended our Stroke Activity Groups, helping them to live well each week following their stroke.
672 people transformed their lives by participating in our Post Rehabilitation Exercise Programme (PREP).
273 people are now able to manage their chest, heart or stroke illness better, following attending our Stanford licenced “Taking Control” Self-Management Programme.
We delivered 4020 Well Checks across Northern Ireland. These included 2,258 Express Checks (full health MOTs) and 241 Mini Health Checks for businesses, communities and the wider public, 162 Health Checks provided for people who are homeless. 1,359 additional free blood pressure checks were targeted at people at various community and exhibition events.
28 schools in areas of high deprivation were targeted with our three-week Chester’s Challenge Programme, promoting and educating 1,670 children about healthy eating, the importance of physical activity and the dangers of smoking and we reached a further 6,000 children and young people with Well Talks workshops across Northern Ireland.
Working in partnership with hostels, we delivered our vital Health and Homeless Health Promotion Programme to 1058 people in 38 hostels and 6 outreach settings through 155 visits. 554 people who are homeless were signposted on to other health and wellbeing services, such as their GP practices for follow up on high cholesterol or blood pressure, pharmacists for support in stopping smoking and other agencies who specialise in mental health
Since 1994, we have invested over £6.6 million pounds into local research enabling us to fund 89 research projects in total, with 78 projects completed and 11 research projects are ongoing in Queen’s University Belfast and 4 in Ulster University – 2 stroke, 6 cardiac and 7 respiratory projects to increase knowledge and identify better way to prevent, treat and care for people living with chest, heart and stroke conditions.