On 16 January a full Branch meeting entitled Shared Learning was held at Holywell Hospital. Members had been invited to share recent complaints and any resulting changes in practices before the meeting, and the collated information was shared with everyone to allow us to use the collective learning to improve patients’ experiences.
This was my first meeting as the newly elected chair and I was heartened by the Members’ support. Also at the meeting was this year’s Guest Member, Anne McWilliams, from the Western Trust. Guest membership has been very positive to date for the Northern Ireland Branch because both past years’ Guest Members have become Full Members.
During the meeting the Branch Programme was agreed and Members discussed current issues such as bedside patient meal ordering and the Controls Assurance Framework.
On 6 March 2019, Branch Members joined the Northern Ireland branch of the AHCP at their AGM at the Ivanhoe Hotel, Belfast. Diversey demonstrated its new Taski products and equipment and Members were able to catch up with their environmental cleanliness colleagues over a delicious lunch.