Useful Links

Click on one of the links below for websites in that category or view the A - Z list of websites.

 

 


For Older People

Age UK

Age UK is the largest charitable movement in the UK concerned with the needs and aspirations of older people and the leading authority on ageing related issues.  This site contains information on ageing issues, campaigns, annual reports and list of local chapters and provides practical support and advice to help older people lead independent lives.

Benefits & Grants Available for Older People

If you’re retired and are wondering what Government help you are eligible for, this is a useful link.

 


 

For Children

Barnardos PACT Project
Barnardo's PACT Project (Parent and Child Together) opened in 1986 offering accommodation, assessment and support to young women aged 16 to 24 years and their children aged from birth to 3 years. The project moved to a purpose built unit in 1993.

Childcare Choices
Choosing Childcare is among the most important decisions any parent can make in the life of their child.

This website aims to provide parents with good quality information and advice about the types of childcare available, how to find and choose childcare, how to get help with the costs of childcare and options for time off work.

How To Keep Your Child Safe Online
One of the most effective methods of ensuring your child is safe online is to implement parental controls on your home broadband package. Listed below are the three main Internet providers in the UK and the ways in which you can benefit from their parental controls.

National Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children
The NSPCC is the UK’s leading charity specialising in child protection and the prevention of cruelty to children.  They have been directly involved in protecting children and campaigning on their behalf since 1884.

Northern Ireland Foster Care
The Regional Fostering Service works with the five Health and Social Care Trusts to recruit, train and encourage foster carers throughout Northern Ireland.

Steps
Offer support to parents of children with lower limb abnormalities

Teach Kids Online Security Basics
The Internet is a part of our everyday lives, whether we’re socializing with friends, applying to a school or looking for a new job. Now more than ever, it’s important to pay attention to what’s online about you and take steps to ensure a positive persona— both personally and professionally.

 


Mental Health

 

Aware - Defeat Depression
Aware Defeat Depression has been working since 1996 to support all those in Northern Ireland affected by depression or bipolar disorder (manic depression). They also welcome and support carers.

Cause
CAUSE is a peer-led charity in Northern Ireland directed and staffed by past and present carers. Providing practical and emotional support to relatives and carers of people with serious mental illness.

Irish Association of Suicidology
This site is dedicated to facilitating communication between clinicians, volunteers, survivors and researchers in all matters relating to suicide and suicidal behaviour.

Minding Your Head
This website is for those who are worried about poor mental health, either their own or that of someone else, as well as those interested in maintaining good mental health.

National Self-Harm Network
The national self harm network has been a survivor led organisation since 1994.  They are committed to campaign for the rights and understanding of people who self harm.

Northern Ireland Association for Mental Health
NIAMH, the Northern Ireland Association for Mental Health, provides local support for those with mental health needs in locations across Northern Ireland.

Centre for Mental Health
The Centre for Mental Health’s core aim is to improve the quality of life for people with severe mental health problems by enabling the development of excellent mental health services, which are valued by users, carers and professionals.

Counselling Directory
Counselling Directory is a confidential service that encourages those in distress to seek help. The directory contains information on many different types of distress, as well as articles, news, and events.

 


Disability

Disability Action
Provide a comprehensive driving and information service on a full range of transport and mobility needs for the disabled.

Foundation for People with Learning Disabilities
The website of the Foundation for People with Learning Disabilities outlines the charity’s work on learning disabilities including research, social inclusion, family support, service development, policy and our consultancy service.  The site offers information and good practice publications and DVDs to download or order online.

Limbless Association
Provides information, advice and support for people of all ages who are without one or more limbs, and encouragement to prospective amputees, carers and those already trying to cope with limb loss or deficiency.

PHAB  NI
Committed to providing quality services to young people with and without disabilities.

YourAble
Yourable has articles, information and a message board and is designed to support those with disabilities.

Family Fund
Family Fund is the UK's largest charity providing grants for families raising disabled or seriously ill children and young people.


General Health

British Lung Foundation
The British Lung Foundation is the only charity in Scotland and Northern Ireland working for everyone affected by lung disease. The charity focuses its resources on providing support for people affected by lung disease today; and works in a variety of ways, including funding world-class research, to bring about positive change, to improve treatment, care and support for people affected by lung disease in the future.

Alcohol Concern
Alcohol Concern is the national agency on alcohol misuse.  We work to reduce the incidence and costs of alcohol-related harm and to increase the range and quality of services available to people with alcohol-related problems.

Asthma UK
Asthma UK is the charity dedicated to improving the health and well-being of the 5.4 million people in the UK whose lives are affected by asthma.

Chest Heart & Stroke Association
The aim of the Northern Ireland Chest Heart and Stroke Association is to promote the prevention of and alleviate the suffering resulting from chest heart and stroke related illnesses.

Cystic Fibrosis Trust
Cystic Fibrosis is one of the UK's most common, life-threatening, inherited diseases.  The Cystic Fibrosis Trust is the UK's only national charity dealing with all aspects of Cystic Fibrosis.

Drugscope
Drugscope is the UK’s leading drugs charity and centre of expertise on drugs.  We provide balanced and up-to-date drug information to professionals and the public, conduct research and develop policies on drugs and drug-related issues, promote humane and effective ways of responding to drugs and drug use, encourage informed debate and provide a voice for over 800 member bodies working on the ground.


Social Care

British Association of Social Workers
BASW is the largest association representing social work and social workers in the UK.

Care and Health
Resources and information for all those involved in social work, care and the health professions.

Carers Information Network
Because carers are often isolated at home, it is not easy to have access to the information they need – and to communicate with other carers. This website provides a means of communications and information.

Social Care Institute for Excellence
SCIE is making a unique contribution to improving the quality and consistency of social care practice and provision through the creation and dissemination of best practice guidelines in social care.  SCIE (pronounced sky) is a not for profit company limited by guarantee.  It has the operational independence it needs to become an authoritative voice about what works in social care.


Medicine, Surgery and Dentistry

Artscare
Arts Care's mission is to promote and co-ordinate the development of arts provision in Healthcare settings throughout Northern Ireland for the benefit of patients, clients, residents, staff and visitors.

British Dental Association 
Information for both public and practioners alike on dentistry.

British Medical Association
The BMA, the voice of the profession, represents all doctors from all branches of medicine> all over the UK.  About 80% of practising doctors are members, as are 12.000 medical students and nearly 4,000 members overseas.

General Medical Council
Regulating Doctors

General Dental Council
Regulating Dentists

The National Pharmaceutical Association
The National Pharmaceutical Association is the national body of Britian’s community pharmacy owners.  It was formed in 1921 to champion the interests of pharmacy owners and to promote, improve and protect an essential service to the public.

Royal Pharmaceutical Society of Great Britain
The official body for Pharmacists in the UK.

Nursing and Midwifery Council
The Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) takes over from the UKCC and four National Boards on 1 April 2002.  This section gives further information on and about the new regulatory body and the CPHVA’s position.

Royal College of Nursing (RCN)
The leading professional union for nursing.  As the voice of nursing at home and abroad, the RCN campaign on behalf of the profession, leading the way in developing future nursing practice.

UK Transplants
UK Transplant, doing everything with one focus - to save or improve the lives of thousands of people every year through organ transplantation.

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Government

Belfast City Council
This site contains up to date information on what is happening in the City.  Contact details for all current counsillors is included.

Castlereagh Borough Council
This site contains up to date information on what is happening in the area.  Contact details for all current counsillors is included.

Department for Constitutional Affairs (UK Government)
We are responsible in government for upholding justice, rights and democracy.

Department of Health (England)
Here you will find the latest on the Department’s work, as well as social care guidance, publications and policy.

Department of Health, Social Services and Public Safety (DHSSPS)
Northern Ireland site containing the latest on the Department’s work, as well as health and social care guidance, publications and policy.

Health & Safety Executive
Reducing risk and promoting health and safety in the workplace.

The Information Commissioner
The Information Commissioner's Office is the UK's independent authority set up to promote access to official information and to protect personal information

Northern Ireland Audit Office
Our objectives are to provide effective support to the Northern Ireland Assembly in its task of holding Departments and their Agencies to account for their use of public money and effective local government audit. We also aim to provide support to Northern Ireland public sector bodies in their pursuit of improved financial reporting and value for money, including support for efforts to combat public sector fraud.

Northern Ireland Assembly
The Assembly is the prime source of authority for all devolved responsibilities and has full legislative and executive authority.  The site contains information on members, reports and legislation.

Road Service
Roads Service was established on 1 April 1996 as an Executive Agency within the Department of the Environment for Northern Ireland.

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NHS

Clinical Governance
The NHS Clinical Governance support website works to help implement clinical governance, offering practical support, information about clinical governance, lessons from development work and a place to find answers to your clinical governance questions

The NHS
Portal site to all information on the NHS and specific Trusts within.

NHS Confederation
The NHS Confederation is the only membership body for all NHS organisations. Our members include over 95% of NHS trusts, primary care trusts and health authorities in England and Wales; health boards and trusts in Scotland; and health and social services trusts and boards in Northern Ireland.

NHS Direct
A Gateway to Health information on the web –learn more about medical conditions, healthy living etc.

NHS Freedom of Information
The Freedom of Information (FOI) Act was passed on 30 November 2000. It gives a general right of access to all types of recorded information held by public authorities, with full access granted in January 2005. The Act sets out exemptions to that right and places certain obligations on public authorities.

Research and Development Forum
The NHS R&D Forum is a network for those involved in planning and managing research in health and social care.  Our aim is to improve the environment for research in health and social care by facilitating and encouraging sharing of best practice, and working with other organisations.

Scottish Health on the Web (NHS Scotland)
A comprehensive site giving information on all you need to know about healthcare in Scotland and general health awareness information.

Northern Ireland Blood Transfusion Service
The Northern Ireland Blood Transfusion Service, established in 1946, is an independent, Special Agency of the Health and Personal Social Services.  It is responsible for the collection, testing and distribution of over 75,000 blood donations each year.  The Service operates three mobile units at around 300 locations throughout the province.  Including headquarters, located on the site of the Belfast City Hospital, a total of almost 1,000 donation sessions are held each year.

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Trusts and Agencies

All Ireland NCI (Ireland-Northern Ireland-National Cancer Institute
The goal of the Consortium is to reduce the incidence and mortality of cancer in both parts of Ireland, which have among the highest rates of cancer in the Western world.  The Consortium is regarded as a major step toward enhancing relations between Ireland and Northern Ireland, bringing both parts of the island together in the fight against cancer.

Cystic Fibrosis Trust
CF Trust has been working to improve the lives of people with CF, raise the profile of CF and fund research into a cure.

Health Education Board for Scotland
The Health Education Board for Scotland is Scotland’s national agency for health education, health promotion, health advice and health information.

Health Development Agency 
The Health Development Agency (HDA) identifies the evidence of what works to improve people’s health and reduce health inequalities.  It advises and supports policy makers and practitioners, helping them to get evidence into practice.

Public Health (Northern Ireland)

The Public Health Agency (PHA) was established in April 2009 as part of the reforms to Health and Social Care (HSC). PHA is the major regional organisation in Northern Ireland for health improvement and health protection.

NIPEC (NI Practice and Education Council for Nursing and Midwifery)
Supporting the professional development of all nurses midwives and specialist community public health nurses working across all sectors in Northern Ireland

Patient and Client Council
The Patient and Client Council (PCC) was established on the 1st April 2009, as a powerful, independent voice for people. The Patient and Client Council’s vision is for a health and social care service where the voice of patients, clients, carers and communities is heard and acted upon.

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Service Quality

Commission for Health Improvement
The Commission for Health Improvement’s aim is to improve the quality of patient care in the NHS. For CHI the patient’s experience of the NHS is at the heart of its work.

Equality Commission for Northern Ireland
The Equality Commission for Northern Ireland is an independent public body established under the Northern Ireland Act 1998.  The Commission’s general duties include: working towards the elimination of discrimination; promoting equality of opportunity and encouraging good practice etc.

National Institute for Clinical Excellence
Separate sites for public and professional access.

Northern Ireland Human Rights Commission
The Northern Ireland Human Rights Commission aims to ensure that the human rights of everyone in Northern Ireland are fully and firmly protected by law, policy and practice.

World Health Organisation
International health information site focusing on world health issues.

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On-Line Databases / Education

British Association of Cancer United Patients
Clear, comprehensive website on cancer related topics for patients, carers and healthcare professionals.

Capricorn
An online cancer and palliative care resource for Northern Ireland

The Cochrane Library
The Cochrane Library consists of a regularly updated collection of evidence-based medicine databases, including The Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews.

Electronic Library for Social Care
A database of articles, research reports, monographs and official publications across the whole of social care, organised by topic, including full text of many documents.

Faculty of Occupational Medicine
FOM develops and maintains high standards of training, competence and professional integrity in occupational medicine

Faculty of Public Health Medicine
The Faculty of Public Health (FPH) is the standard setting body for specialists in public health.

HONNI (Health on the Net Northern Ireland)
Welcome to Health On the Net Northern Ireland - a gateway to health information provided by the Medical Library at Queen's.  The Medical Library is the central library for all Health and Personal Social Services Staff in Northern Ireland.

Joint Committee on Higher Medical Training
The Joint Royal Colleges of Physicians Training Board (JRCPTB) replaces the JCHMT and JCBMT (formally GPT & IMSPEC). 

The new board was introduced on 1st March 2007 and is responsible for managing the Royal Colleges of Physicians' duties with regard to specialist medical training from ST1 right through to CCT.

Joint Committee on Higher Surgical Training
The JCHST is an advisory body to the four surgical Royal Colleges of the UK and Ireland, the Specialist Surgical Associations in Great Britain and Ireland, the Society of Academic and Research Surgery and the Association of Professors of Orthopaedic Surgery, for all matters in relation to higher surgical training (HST) in the UK and Ireland.

Joint Committee for Postgraduate Training in General Practice
The Joint Committee is a statutory body which issues certificates to GPs who have successfully completed vocational training in the UK. The Joint Committee certificate is the licence to practise as a GP in the UK in any capacity. The Joint Committee also sets the standards for all GP training posts in the UK and carries out a programme of accreditation visits to all areas of the UK to ensure that its standards are being met

Kings Funds
Provides access to thousands of online resources, including free publications, briefings, articles and links.

NICAN (The Northern Ireland Cancer Network)
The Northern Ireland Cancer Network (NICaN) is working towards the continuous improvement in cancer care and cancer survival for the people of Northern Ireland. It aims to promote equitable provision of high quality, patient focused and clinically effective cancer services.

The Northern Ireland Medical and Dental Training Agency (NIMDTA)
The Northern Ireland Medical and Dental Training Agency (NIMDTA) is responsible for funding, managing and supporting postgraduate medical and dental education within the Northern Ireland Deanery. It provides a range of services for those engaged in the delivery of postgraduate Medical and Dental education and training.

NIPEC (NI Practice and Education Council for Nursing and Midwifery)
Supporting the professional development of all nurses midwives and specialist community public health nurses working across all sectors in Northern Ireland

OMNI
OMNI offers free access to a searchable catalogue of Internet sites covering health and medicine.

OVID
Ovid is an internationally recognised leader in medical information services.

PHA - Research & Development in Northern Ireland
The Public Health Agency's (PHA) website dedicated to Research and Development. This can be used for researchers, for industry and for the public.

Postgraduate Medical Education and Training Board (PMETB)
The Postgraduate Medical Education and Training Board (PMETB) aims to improve UK medical education.
PMETB is an independent statutory body. It is responsible for promoting the development of postgraduate medical education and training for all specialties, including general practice, across the UK.

Queen’s University Belfast
Queen's combines the best of tradition with a progressive outlook. It is an institution with a world-class academic reputation as reflected in the award of a Queen's Anniversary Prize in 2006, the fourth time the University has been honoured in this way.

Royal College of Anaesthetists
The professional body responsible for the specialty of anaesthesia throughout the United Kingdom. Its principal responsibility is to ensure the quality of patient care through the maintenance of standards in anaesthesia, critical care and pain management.

Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists
The RCOG is dedicated to the encouragement of the study and the advancement of the science and practice of obstetrics and gynaecology.

Royal College of Ophthalmologists
The College is the guardian of excellence in all aspects of ophthalmic practice for the benefit of the public. Here you will find information about the College's activities and events. Guidance on the delivery of ophthalmic care may be found under Professional Standards and evidence-based guidelines on up to date treatments under Scientific.

Royal College of Pathologists
The Royal College of Pathologists' mission is to promote excellence in the practice of pathology and to be responsible for maintaining standards through training, examinations and professional development.

Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health
We have worked with members, children, young people, parents and carers to design it, and we hope you find it enticing as well as informative, relevant and interesting. We will continue to develop it in response to users' needs.

Royal College of Physicians
The Royal College of Physicians supports hospital doctors from a wide range of specialties.

Royal College of Psychiatrists
Improving the lives of people affected by mental illness

Royal College of Radiologists

Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland
The Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland (RCSI) incorporating its Schools of Medicine, Physiotherapy, Pharmacy and Nursing. For over two hundred years, the College has played a role in Irish surgical and medical education and although the beautiful original building has stood unchanged on the corner of St Stephen’s Green, since the College’s inception in 1784 its historic façade belies the RCSI’s progressive and innovative activities.

University of Ulster
The University of Ulster’s Vision is to be a model of an outstanding regional university with a national and international reputation for quality

Virtual Health Network
The Virtual Health Network is a compilation of comprehensive, nationally recognised, authoritative medicines information sources, the majority of which is available free of charge to our users.

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A-Z of Websites

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Age UK

Age UK is the largest charitable movement in the UK concerned with the needs and aspirations of older people and the leading authority on ageing related issues.  This site contains information on ageing issues, campaigns, annual reports and list of local chapters.

Alcohol Concern
Alcohol Concern is the national agency on alcohol misuse.  We work to reduce the incidence and costs of alcohol-related harm and to increase the range and quality of services available to people with alcohol-related problems.

All Ireland NCI (Ireland-Northern Ireland-National Cancer Institute
The goal of the Consortium is to reduce the incidence and mortality of cancer in both parts of Ireland, which have among the highest rates of cancer in the Western world.  The Consortium is regarded as a major step toward enhancing relations between Ireland and Northern Ireland, bringing both parts of the island together in the fight against cancer.

Artscare
Arts Care's mission is to promote and co-ordinate the development of arts provision in Healthcare settings throughout Northern Ireland for the benefit of patients, clients, residents, staff and visitors.

Asthma UK
Asthma UK is the charity dedicated to improving the health and well-being of the 5.4 million people in the UK whose lives are affected by asthma.

Aware - Defeat Depression
Aware Defeat Depression has been working since 1996 to support all those in Northern Ireland affected by depression or bipolar disorder (manic depression). They also welcome and support carers.

B

Bandolier
Journal and resources regarding evidence based healthcare.

Barnardos PACT Project
Barnardo's PACT Project (Parent and Child Together) opened in 1986 offering accommodation, assessment and support to young women aged 16 to 24 years and their children aged from birth to 3 years. The project moved to a purpose built unit in 1993.

Belfast City Council
This site contains up to date information on what is happening in the City.  Contact details for all current counsillors is included.

British Association of Social Workers
BASW is the largest association representing social work and social workers in the UK.

British Association of Cancer United Patients
Clear, comprehensive website on cancer related topics for patients, carers and healthcare professionals.

British Lung Foundation
The British Lung Foundation is the only charity in Scotland and Northern Ireland working for everyone affected by lung disease. The charity focuses its resources on providing support for people affected by lung disease today; and works in a variety of ways, including funding world-class research, to bring about positive change, to improve treatment, care and support for people affected by lung disease in the future.

British Dental Association
Information for both public and practioners alike on dentistry.

British Medical Association
The BMA, the voice of the profession, represents all doctors from all branches of medicine all over the UK.  About 80% of practising doctors are members, as are 12.000 medical students and nearly 4,000 members overseas.

British Medical Journal
This site contains the full text of all articles published in the weekly BMJ since January 1994.  In addition, it contains material that is unique to the website.  Access to the entire site is free.

BT Directory Enquiries
Find the address or phone number you require.

C

Capricorn
An online cancer and palliative care resource for Northern Ireland

Cause
CAUSE is a peer-led charity in Northern Ireland directed and staffed by past and present carers. Providing practical and emotional support to relatives and carers of people with serious mental illness.

Care and Health
Resources and information for all those involved in social work, care and the health professions.

Carers Information Network
Because carers are often isolated at home, it is not easy to have access to the information they need – and to communicate with other carers.  This website provides a means of communications and information.

Castlereagh Borough Council
This site contains up to date information on what is happening in the area.  Contact details for all current counsillors is included.

Chest Heart & Stroke Association
The aim of the Northern Ireland Chest Heart and Stroke Association is to promote the prevention of and alleviate the suffering resulting from chest heart and stroke related illnesses.

Childcare Choices
Choosing Childcare is among the most important decisions any parent can make in the life of their child.

This website aims to provide parents with good quality information and advice about the types of childcare available, how to find and choose childcare, how to get help with the costs of childcare and options for time off work.

Clinical Governance
The NHS Clinical Governance support website works to help implement clinical governance, offering practical support, information about clinical governance, lessons from development work and a place to find answers to your clinical governance questions

The Cochrane Library
The Cochrane Library consists of a regularly updated collection of evidence-based medicine databases, including The Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews.

Commission for Health Improvement
The Commission for Health Improvement’s aim is to improve the quality of patient care in the NHS. For CHI the patient’s experience of the NHS is at the heart of its work.

Cord Blood Banking
Cord blood cells have been used in treatment for over 20 years, and new therapies are always being discovered - in the past 8 years, the list of diseases treated with cord blood has doubled.

Cystic Fibrosis Trust
Cystic Fibrosis is one of the UK's most common, life-threatening, inherited diseases.  The Cystic Fibrosis Trust is the UK's only national charity dealing with all aspects of Cystic Fibrosis.

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Department for Constitutional Affairs (UK Government)
We are responsible in government for upholding justice, rights and democracy.

Department of Health
Here you will find the latest on the Department’s work, as well as social care guidance, publications and policy.

Department of Health, Social Services and Public Safety (DHSSPS)
Northern Ireland site containing the latest on the Department’s work, as well as health and social care guidance, publications and policy.

Disability Action
Provide a comprehensive driving and information service on a full range of transport and mobility needs for the disabled.

Drugscope
Drugscope is the UK’s leading drugs charity and centre of expertise on drugs.  We provide balanced and up-to-date drug information to professionals and the public, conduct research and develop policies on drugs and drug-related issues, promote humane and effective ways of responding to drugs and drug use, encourage informed debate and provide a voice for over 800 member bodies working on the ground.

E

Electronic Library for Social Care
A database of articles, research reports, monographs and official publications across the whole of social care, organised by topic, including full text of many documents.

Equality Commission for Northern Ireland
The Equality Commission for Northern Ireland is an independent public body established under the Northern Ireland Act 1998.  The Commission’s general duties include: working towards the elimination of discrimination; promoting equality of opportunity and encouraging good practice etc.

F

Faculty of Occupational Medicine
FOM develops and maintains high standards of training, competence and professional integrity in occupational medicine

Faculty of Public Health Medicine
The Faculty of Public Health (FPH) is the standard setting body for specialists in public health.

H

Health & Safety Executive
Reducing risk and promoting health and safety in the workplace.

Health Education Board for Scotland
The Health Education Board for Scotland is Scotland’s national agency for health education, health promotion, health advice and health information.

Health Development Agency
The Health Development Agency (HDA) identifies the evidence of what works to improve people’s health and reduce health inequalities.  It advises and supports policy makers and practitioners, helping them to get evidence into practice.

Health Promotion Agency
Local site promoting health education, advice and information.

HONNI (Health on the Net Northern Ireland
Welcome to Health On the Net Northern Ireland - a gateway to health information provided by the Medical Library at Queen's.  The Medical Library is the central library for all Health and Personal Social Services Staff in Northern Ireland.

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The Information Commissioner
The Information Commissioner's Office is the UK's independent authority set up to promote access to official information and to protect personal

Irish Association of Suicidology
This site is dedicated to facilitating communication between clinicians, volunteers, survivors and researchers in all matters relating to suicide and suicidal behaviour.

J

Joint Committee on Higher Medical Training
The Joint Royal Colleges of Physicians Training Board (JRCPTB) replaces the JCHMT and JCBMT (formally GPT & IMSPEC). 

The new board was introduced on 1st March 2007 and is responsible for managing the Royal Colleges of Physicians' duties with regard to specialist medical training from ST1 right through to CCT.

Joint Committee on Higher Surgical Training
The JCHST is an advisory body to the four surgical Royal Colleges of the UK and Ireland, the Specialist Surgical Associations in Great Britain and Ireland, the Society of Academic and Research Surgery and the Association of Professors of Orthopaedic Surgery, for all matters in relation to higher surgical training (HST) in the UK and Ireland.

Joint Committee for Postgraduate Training in General Practice
The Joint Committee is a statutory body which issues certificates to GPs who have successfully completed vocational training in the UK. The Joint Committee certificate is the licence to practise as a GP in the UK in any capacity. The Joint Committee also sets the standards for all GP training posts in the UK and carries out a programme of accreditation visits to all areas of the UK to ensure that its standards are being met

K

Kings Funds
Provides access to thousands of online resources, including free publications, briefings, articles and links.

L

Limbless Association
Provides information, advice and support for people of all ages who are without one or more limbs, and encouragement to prospective amputees, carers and those already trying to cope with limb loss or deficiency.

M

MapQuest
Get a map of a specific area by typing in the area or the postcode.

Minding Your Head
This website is for those who are worried about poor mental health, either their own or that of someone else, as well as those interested in maintaining good mental health.

N

National Cancer Institute
The National Cancer Institute (NCI). NCI, which was established in 1937, leads the national effort to eliminate the suffering and death due to cancer.

National Institute for Clinical Excellence
Separate sites for public and professional access.

The National Pharmaceutical Association
The National Pharmaceutical Association is the national body of Britian’s community pharmacy owners.  It was formed in 1921 to champion the interests of pharmacy owners and to promote, improve and protect an essential service to the public.

National Self-Harm Network
The national self harm network has been a survivor led organisation since 1994.  They are committed to campaign for the rights and understanding of people who self harm.

National Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children
The NSPCC is the UK’s leading charity specialising in child protection and the prevention of cruelty to children.  They have been directly involved in protecting children and campaigning on their behalf since 1884.

NHS Confederation
The NHS Confederation is the only membership body for all NHS organisations. Our members include over 95% of NHS trusts, primary care trusts and health authorities in England and Wales; health boards and trusts in Scotland; and health and social services trusts and boards in Northern Ireland.

NHS Direct
A Gateway to Health information on the web –learn more about medical conditions, healthy living etc.

NHS Freedom of Information web site
The Freedom of Information (FOI) Act was passed on 30 November 2000. It gives a general right of access to all types of recorded information held by public authorities, with full access granted in January 2005. The Act sets out exemptions to that right and places certain obligations on public authorities.

NHS Information Authority
This Portal Site can be used to gain access to information about NHS Information Authority work programmes including information in IM&T development in healthcare.

NICAN (The Northern Ireland Cancer Network)
The Northern Ireland Cancer Network (NICaN) is working towards the continuous improvement in cancer care and cancer survival for the people of Northern Ireland. It aims to promote equitable provision of high quality, patient focused and clinically effective cancer services.

NIPEC (NI Practice and Education Council for Nursing and Midwifery)
Supporting the professional development of all nurses midwives and specialist community public health nurses working across all sectors in Northern Ireland

NIPSA
NIPSA is the largest trade union in Northern Ireland representing 38,000 members across the civil and public service and the voluntary sector.

Northern Ireland Assembly
The Assembly is the prime source of authority for all devolved responsibilities and has full legislative and executive authority.  The site contains information on members, reports and legislation.

Northern Ireland Association for Mental Health
NIAMH, the Northern Ireland Association for Mental Health, provides local support for those with mental health needs in locations across Northern Ireland.

Northern Ireland Audit Office
Our objectives are to provide effective support to the Northern Ireland Assembly in its task of holding Departments and their Agencies to account for their use of public money and effective local government audit. We also aim to provide support to Northern Ireland public sector bodies in their pursuit of improved financial reporting and value for money, including support for efforts to combat public sector fraud.

Northern Ireland Blood Transfusion Service
The Northern Ireland Blood Transfusion Service, established in 1946, is an independent, Special Agency of the Health and Personal Social Services.  It is responsible for the collection, testing and distribution of over 75,000 blood donations each year.  The Service operates three mobile units at around 300 locations throughout the province.  Including headquarters, located on the site of the Belfast City Hospital, a total of almost 1,000 donation sessions are held each year.

Northern Ireland Human Rights Commission
The Northern Ireland Human Rights Commission aims to ensure that the human rights of everyone in Northern Ireland are fully and firmly protected by law, policy and practice.

Nursing and Midwifery Council
The Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) takes over from the UKCC and four National Boards on 1 April 2002.  This section gives further information on and about the new regulatory body and the CPHVA’s position.

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OMNI
OMNI offers free access to a searchable catalogue of Internet sites covering health and medicine.

OVID
Ovid is an internationally recognised leader in medical information services.

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Patient Client Council

The Patient and Client Council (PCC) was established on the 1st April 2009, as a powerful, independent voice for people. The Patient and Client Council’s vision is for a health and social care service where the voice of patients, clients, carers and communities is heard and acted upon.

PHA - Research & Development in Northern Ireland

The Public Health Agency's (PHA) website dedicated to Research and Development. This can be used for researchers, for industry and for the public.

PHAB  NI
Committed to providing quality services to young people with and without disabilities.

Prince 2
PRINCE, which stands for Projects in Controlled Environments, is a project management method covering the organisation, management and control of projects.  PRINCE was first developed by the Central Computer and Telecommunications Agency (CCTA)now part of the Office of Government Commerce (OGC)in 1989 as a UK Government standard for IT project management

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Queen’s University Belfast
Access to research information taking place at Queens.

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Road Service
Roads Service was established on 1 April 1996 as an Executive Agency within the Department of the Environment for Northern Ireland.

Research and Development Forum
The NHS R&D Forum is a network for those involved in planning and managing research in health and social care.  Our aim is to improve the environment for research in health and social care by facilitating and encouraging sharing of best practice, and working with other organisations.

Royal College of Anaesthetists
The professional body responsible for the specialty of anaesthesia throughout the United Kingdom. Its principal responsibility is to ensure the quality of patient care through the maintenance of standards in anaesthesia, critical care and pain management.

Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists
The RCOG is dedicated to the encouragement of the study and the advancement of the science and practice of obstetrics and gynaecology.

Royal College of Ophthalmologists
The College is the guardian of excellence in all aspects of ophthalmic practice for the benefit of the public. Here you will find information about the College's activities and events. Guidance on the delivery of ophthalmic care may be found under Professional Standards and evidence-based guidelines on up to date treatments under Scientific

Royal College of Pathologists
The Royal College of Pathologists' mission is to promote excellence in the practice of pathology and to be responsible for maintaining standards through training, examinations and professional development.

Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health
We have worked with members, children, young people, parents and carers to design it, and we hope you find it enticing as well as informative, relevant and interesting. We will continue to develop it in response to users' needs.

Royal College of Physicians
The Royal College of Physicians supports hospital doctors from a wide range of specialties.

Royal College of Psychiatrists
Improving the lives of people affected by mental illness

Royal College of Radiologists

Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland
The Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland (RCSI) incorporating its Schools of Medicine, Physiotherapy, Pharmacy and Nursing. For over two hundred years, the College has played a role in Irish surgical and medical education and although the beautiful original building has stood unchanged on the corner of St Stephen’s Green, since the College’s inception in 1784 its historic façade belies the RCSI’s progressive and innovative activities.

Royal Pharmaceutical Society of Great Britain
The official body for Pharmacists in the UK.

Royal College of Nursing (RCN)
The leading professional union for nursing.  As the voice of nursing at home and abroad, the RCN campaign on behalf of the profession, leading the way in developing future nursing practice.

Royal Mail
Looking for a postcode?  Use Royal Mails postcode finder.

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Scottish Health on the Web (NHS Scotland
A comprehensive site giving information on all you need to know about healthcare in Scotland and general health awareness information.

Sainsbury Centre for Mental Health
The Sainsbury Centre for Mental Health’s core aim is to improve the quality of life for people with severe mental health problems by enabling the development of excellent mental health services, which are valued by users, carers and professionals.

Social Care Institute for Excellence
SCIE is making a unique contribution to improving the quality and consistency of social care practice and provision through the creation and dissemination of best practice guidelines in social care.  SCIE (pronounced sky) is a not for profit company limited by guarantee.  It has the operational independence it needs to become an authoritative voice about what works in social care.

Steps
Offer support to parents of children with lower limb abnormalities

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The Cochrane Library
The Cochrane Library consists of a regularly updated collection of evidence-based medicine databases, including The Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews.

The National Pharmaceutical Association
The National Pharmaceutical Association is the national body of Britian’s community pharmacy owners.  It was formed in 1921 to champion the interests of pharmacy owners and to promote, improve and protect an essential service to the public.

Translink
Gives details of the bus and rail network throughout Northern Ireland and other useful travel information.

Travelwise
Travelwise NI is a Roads Service initiative to encourage the use of sustainable transport options such as walking, cycling, public transport or car sharing.

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UK Transplant
UK Transplant, doing everything with one focus - to save or improve the lives of thousands of people every year through organ transplantation

Unison
UNISON is Britain’s biggest trade union with over 1.3 million members.  Our members are people working in the public services, for private contractors providing public services and the essential utilities.

University of Ulster
The University of Ulster’s Vision is to be a model of an outstanding regional university with a national and international reputation for quality

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Virtual Health Network
The Virtual Health Network is a compilation of comprehensive, nationally recognised, authoritative medicines information sources, the majority of which is available free of charge to our users.

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World Health Organisation
International health information site focusing on world health issues.

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Yellow Pages
On-line version of the yellow pages directory.

YourAble
Youreable has articles, information and a message board and is designed to support those with disabilities.