A charity institute is opening a new research centre in the North of Ireland with the aim of providing training to local people to help them improve their health and well-being.
The institute, which will be the first of its kind in the United Kingdom, will work with the Northern Ireland Health Partnership, a charity that offers community-based healthcare to people who have been identified as at high risk for heart disease or diabetes.
It is based in the city of Ballymoney in County Armagh, which has seen a significant rise in the number of cases of the disease since 2013.
The health partnership runs a helpline for people to find out more about diabetes, and is working with community health centres across the country.
It said the centre would be run by a local charity, the Institute for Health and Community Learning.
The institute is expected to have a total of 30 full-time staff, with the remaining 25 coming from the local community.
Its chief executive, John Farr, said it was a fantastic opportunity for the area.
“We’re looking at people who don’t get the opportunity to access health services in the communities they live in,” he said.
“The opportunity is there for a community to take on the role of providing health services for people who are in need of health support.”
It’s a fantastic thing to do.
“The centre, named the Northern Trusts, will be based at the Northern Health Trust, a trust established by the Government to provide primary and community health services to people in Northern England.
It will work alongside the NI Health Partnership and other organisations across the UK, including the National Institute for Healthcare Improvement and the National Centre for Nursing and Midwifery.
Farr said the institute would focus on the people who were most at risk of developing diabetes and other health conditions.”
People with diabetes are at increased risk of a range of illnesses, so they can’t get enough care and are therefore often overlooked by their healthcare team,” he added.”
But there is an opportunity here for them to get the help they need to keep them healthy and improve their overall health.
“Ferrara said the institutes mission would be to provide education to people at risk for diabetes and cardiovascular disease, and to make them more aware of the need to reduce their risk.”
This is an exciting opportunity for people and for us to bring together our health partners and the people we serve,” he explained.”
A lot of the health information we provide comes from the communities and the research.
We want people to feel empowered to do their own research and make informed decisions.
It is the first time the institute has been opened in the UK and the first one in Northern Europe.”
We are really committed to providing education for people about their diabetes, including to help young people to make informed choices about diabetes treatment,” Farr said.
It is the first time the institute has been opened in the UK and the first one in Northern Europe.
The NI Health partnership, which includes the Northern Partnership for Health, says it has helped more than 200,000 people to reduce or avoid their risk of diabetes.
In 2018, a total 13.5 per cent of people in England were considered at high-risk for diabetes.