Making a Difference Conference 2018 - Northern Ireland Chest Heart and Stroke
Northern Ireland Chest Heart & Stroke
Making a Difference Conference 2018

Date: Thursday 18th October

Time: 0945-1345.

Location: Riddel Hall, 185 Stranmillis Road, Belfast BT9 5EE

Welcome to our Making a Difference Conference 2018.

This year we are focusing on Life After Stroke.

World Stroke Day 2018 is on Monday 29th October and the Stroke Forum for Europe has invited all organisations working in this field to focus on recovery and life after stroke, under the headline “Up Again After Stroke”.

As part of NICHS’s World Stroke Day activity, we will be focusing our annual conference on the work that we do with stroke survivors, from the perspective of NICHS’s Director of Care, a stroke consultant and stroke survivors themselves. We will be hearing from Billy Doherty, drummer with The Undertones, who had a heart attack followed by a stroke in December 2017. The event will also provide us with an opportunity to present our Volunteer Long Service and Special Recognition Awards.

Our conference will be followed at 1.45pm by our AGM which are welcome to attend.

A full agenda can be found below.

If you wish to attend Making a Difference 2018, please RSVP to Aoife Kelly on or 028 9032 0184 by Thursday 4th October. Please indicate whether you have any dietary requirements or accessibility needs.


0945 Registration
1000 Conference Begins Introduction from Sarah Travers
1005 Review of 2017/18 and vision for the next 5 years Declan Cunnane,  Chief Executive, NICHS
1020 Stroke Services in NICHS – Strategic Aims Fiona Greene, Director of Care, NICHS
1040 Life after stroke – the consultant’s perspective Dr Brian Gallen, Stroke Consultant, South West Acute Hospital
1100 Break
1120 Stroke Services in NICHS – Care Pathway Fiona Greene, Director of Care, NICHS
1140 Stroke Services in NICHS – the stroke survivors’ perspective NICHS service users interviewed by Sarah Travers
1210 Volunteer Long Service and Special Recognition Awards Presented by Sarah Travers
1230 Heart attack and stroke – my story Billy Doherty, Undertones’ drummer
1300 Lunch
1345 AGM

Directions to Riddel Hall, 185 Stranmillis Road, Belfast BT9 5EE

By car

Approaching from Belfast city centre via University Road, pass Queen’s University main building and turn onto the Stranmillis Road at Botanic Gardens/Methodist College, pass the Ulster Museum on your left and continue past all the shops. You will pass Ridgeway Street on your left (Lyric Theatre) and almost immediately on the right you will see red brick gateposts and a gatelodge with black gates – this is the entrance to Riddel Hall. Car parking is available in the grounds of Riddel Hall.

Approaching from the River Lagan or Malone Road/Ulster Independent Clinic/Stranmillis Road (M1/Westlink) direction, you will come to a roundabout at Stranmillis College. Turn uphill (College to your left) towards the city centre. Riddel Hall will be the first entrance on your left. Car parking is available in the grounds of Riddel Hall.

By bus

Riddel Hall is on Metro bus route 8A. Get off at the first stop after Ridgeway Street, which is on the left just after St Bartholomew’s Church (on right) and walk back uphill to the Riddel Hall entrance on the other side of the road.