Memorandum submitted by the Southern Health
and Social Services Board Trauma Advisory Panel
The Troubles in Northern Ireland has had a negative
impact on the physical, psychological, health and well-being of
the population. Individuals, families and communities have experienced
bereavement, injury, displacement, loss and fear which have resulted
in varied, complex and intergenerational responses.
Within the Southern Health and Social Services
Board (SHSSB) the Trauma Advisory Panel (TAP) has been seeking
to address the additional health and social problems caused by
the Troubles. The Trauma Advisory Panel was established in 1999
in response to recommendations made by the Bloomfield Report (1998)
"We Will Remember Them" and the Social Services Inspectorate
Report (1998) "Living with the Trauma of the Troubles".
Its role was further developed in the victims' strategy "Reshape,
Rebuild, Achieve" launched in April 2002. This strategy made
funding available to appoint a Coordinator to develop and support
the work of the TAP.
The Trauma Advisory Panel strives to enhance
the quality of life for victims/survivors of the conflict by recognising,
acknowledging and respecting their varied needs and seeking to
promote the provision of appropriate support services.
To provide a forum where the impact of the Troubles
on the whole community is acknowledged.
To represent the needs and views of groups and
individuals affected by the Troubles.
To make statutory bodies more aware of and responsive
to these needs through the participation of their representatives
on the Panel.
To improve service delivery to people affected
by the Troubles in a sustained and focused way.
To make the views of those who have no other
voice known to agencies and policy makers.
To develop an effective communications strategy.
To provide networking and training opportunities
for Panel members and other relevant agencies.
These aims are achieved through working in partnership
with all stakeholders, hosting regular meetings, facilitating
consultation, networking and training events. The following examples
indicate the ongoing work of the Panel:
The Panel has been instrumental in
developing a Troubles related counselling service which provides
specialist support and counselling to people affected by the Troubles
in a neutral, confidential environment. The service is available
to assist relatives and victims deal with the impact of exposure
to traumatic stress. The professionally qualified, accredited
counsellors are employed on a part time basis within each of the
three Health and Social Services Trusts of the Southern Health
and Social Services Board.
In order to address the need for
improved communication an Information Directory of Services for
People Affected by the Troubles has been published and widely
distributed. The first edition of the Panel newsletter "Tapping
In" was published in November 2004, further editions will
be published on a quarterly basis.
The Panel has made statutory bodies
more aware of and responsive to victim/survivor needs through
influencing policy developments and participation in consultations
and conferences. Providing support and appropriate signposting
to individuals and groups is an ongoing part of the work of the
In partnership with Armagh and Banbridge
Local Strategy Partnerships the Panel has secured funding to employ
a Development Worker to provide networking opportunities and capacity
building training for victim/survivor groups to enhance quality
The Panel has also been successful in securing
funding from the Victims Strategy Implementation Fund:
(1) To increase the effectiveness and profile
of the Trauma Advisory Panel through capacity building of members,
increased participation, facilitating of events and networking.
(2) To conduct research based on an analysis
and evaluation of the work of the Trauma Counselling Service.
(3) To increase awareness and understanding
among Health and Social Services staff of the impact of the Troubles
on the health and well-being of individuals and thereby enhance
service delivery to victims/survivors.
The Southern Health and Social Services Board
Trauma Advisory Panel have initiated these developments in response
to the needs of victims/survivors of the Troubles, in an attempt
to address the gaps in services for the population of the Southern
Health and Social Services Board. Future plans require a regional
strategic framework which would contribute to greater coordination,
communication and access to services in all areas.
The Panel acts as a networking forum where the
impact of the Troubles on all the residents of the Southern Health
and Social Services Board is acknowledged. In order to carry out
this important work the Panel has agreed ground rules, boundaries
and basic rules for engagement, which facilitate dialogue and
Mr Albert Hewitt, Wave Trauma Centre,
Ms Reatha Hassan, SAVER/NAVER (South/North
Armagh Victims Encouraging Recognition), Markethill
Mr Pat Maginn, Cumann na Meirleach,
(ex-prisoner group) South Armagh
Mr William Wilkinson, FAIR, (Families
Acting for Innocent Relatives) Markethill
Mr Gareth Porter, HURT, (Homes United
against Ruthless Terrorism)
Ms Shauneen Baker, Relatives for
Mr Alan Brecknell, SAOL, (South Armagh
Overcoming Loss) Cullyhanna
Ms Janet Hunter, FACT, (Families
Achieving Change Together), Lisburn
Ms Pauline Rice, sub committee for
victims/survivors on behalf of South Tyrone Area Parnership
Ms Margaret Phillips, CRUSE Bereavement
Ms Joan Kenmuir, Samaritans
Ms Kay Barrie, Victim Support, Lurgan
Mr Martin Murphy, NOVA, Craigavon
Mr Ian Bothwell, Crossfire Trust,
Ms Norma McConville, Community Dialogue
Ms Ann Boal, Disabled Police Officers
Ms Lesley Hamilton, Second Chance
Programme, Armagh College
Rosemarie McDonnell, Victim Support,
Canon John McKegney, Church of Ireland
Father Eamon McCreave OFM, Catholic
Mrs Helen Rogers, Presbyterian Church
Reverend David Clements, Methodist
Ms Marion Corrigan, Department of
Social Care, SHSSB, Chair of Panel
Ms Cathy McPhillips, Armagh and Dungannon
Health and Social Services Trust
Mr Laurence Evans, Newry and Mourne
Health and Social Services Trust,
Ms Thelma Byrne Craigavon and Banbridge
Community Health and Social Services Trust
Dr Stephen Bergin, Public Health
Department, Southern Health and Social Services Board
Ms Eileen Donnelly, Southern Education
and Library Board
Ms Sharon Haughey, Northern Ireland
Ms Debbie Taylor, Social Security
Dr M Murray, GP, Loughbrickland
Ms Joanne Morgan, Banbridge Local
Ms Denise O'Hare, Armagh Local Strategy
TAP STAFF MEMBERS
Ms Clare Quigley, Trauma Advisory
Mr Pat Murphy, Trauma Advisory Panel
Ms Elaine Cranney, Trauma Advisory