2016 Annual Service User Event
The fourth Annual Service User Event took place on Thursday 28th April 2016 in Belfast Central Mission's Grosvenor Hall. As at previous events, all men who had been screen-detected with an abdominal aortic aneurysm (AAA) in the former screening year (2014/2015) were invited to attend. Service users who participated in this year's event included Mr Gerald and Mrs Freda Monaghan from Holywood and Mr Martin and Mrs Mildred McStravick from Glengormley (pictured above). The workshop was again well supported by service users and programme staff. Forty-two participants - made up of 20 service users (including wives, partners and friends) and 22 programme staff - enjoyed updates on programme performance and developments from key members of the screening team. This year, the morning also comprised two separate breakout sessions; the first, as in previous years, to facilitate feedback from service users on their experience of the programme and suggest potential areas for improvement; the second, to encourage discussion of the merits of a 'buddy system' being introduced into the programme. Debate around the 'buddy sytem' (where a man recently screen-detected with an AAA would have the option of contacting a man who has already received treatment for a large AAA , or who is under surveillance for a small or medium AAA) generated much feedback and many points for consideration. Participants will, in due course, receive a comprehensive summary of the findings of the morning's discussions, while the programme team will continue to consider and progress, where appropriate, suggested areas for improvement.