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Older People in Health and Social Care - Getting the ‘Right’ Approach

Organised by Age NI and ARK Ageing Programme, the conference brought together leading experts on older people, human rights and health and social care to:

  • provide evidence based analysis of key issues affecting older people in order to identify solutions and recommendations
  • improve outcomes for older people
  • influence policy making and service delivery in Northern Ireland

We heard directly from older people during the conference.

>> Download the Participants Brief (PDF 655KB)

NVTV report

Watch the NVTV report on the conference. Report begins from start and ends at 7m 45s. NVTV is a local television channel on Freeview channel 8 and Virgin channel 159.

Focal Point Monday 26 October 2015 from Northern Visions NvTv on Vimeo.

Conference Programme

22 October 2015 - Riddel Hall, QUB, Belfast.


Welcome: Linda Robinson, Age NI Chief Executive

Welcome: Dr. Paula Devine, ARK Programme Deputy Director, Queens University Belfast

Marj Aitken

An older person’s experience of Health and Social Care

Conference Opening Address

Maeve McLaughlin MLA: Chair of Committee for Health, Social Services and Public Safety.


Key Note Address: Professor John Williams

How human rights standards can strengthen protection of older people’s dignity and rights


Address: Lindsey Dyer

Dignity and rights in practice - the importance of older people’s participation in protecting dignity and rights within a statutory service provision: the experience of Mersey Care Trust

Address: Robert Peat, Scottish Care Inspectorate

How including the voice of older people in regulation and inspection of health and social care service provision can help deliver dignity and rights: the experience of the Scottish Care Inspectorate.



Welcome: Eileen Mullan, Chair, Age NI

Margaret McKenna: An older person’s experience of H&SC

Panel Discussion

  • 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, RQIA
  • Virginia McVea, Director, Northern Ireland Human Rights Commission
  • Edel Quinn, Strategic Policy Advisor, Age NI


Closing Remarks: Linda Robinson, Age NI


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Further information


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For more information: Age NI 028 9024 5729

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