Social Care Council Facilitates Innovative Project

2 April 2019

Social Care Council Facilitates Innovative Project

The Social Care Council in conjunction with Project ECHO (Extension for Community Healthcare Outcomes) Northern Ireland have facilitated the first Social Care ECHO in Europe in early 2019.

 Originally developed in New Mexico, the ECHO model is designed to address the growing demand for secondary care services and can help to increase capacity within primary and community care, through sharing of specialist knowledge and improving relationships across primary and secondary care.

With the use of video-conferencing technology, participants benefit through case based learning and the sharing of evidence-based, best practice guidance.

 The Social Care ECHO hub currently consists of members from the Social Care Council and a representative of the Health and Social Care Board working with Domiciliary Care Managers (spokes) to create a community of learning network.


The Social Care Council’s Project Officer for the Training for the Domiciliary Care Workforce Transformation funded Project, Mervyn Bothwell, commented:


‘We are delighted to be co-ordinating this project which will allow for a collaborative approach to identifying and addressing the learning and development needs of domiciliary care staff. This is a great opportunity for Domiciliary Care Managers, as it encourages a learning culture and a safe place to discuss relevant issues.


The most recent ECHO session held in March involved a presentation from Joyce McKee, Programme Manager (Adult Service) Health and Social Care Board (HSCB), who shared the new proposed model of domiciliary care entitled ‘A New Model of Care and Support at Home: A Local Service, delivered by Local People, achieving Local Outcomes.’ 

Managers from a range of Domiciliary organisations who participated in the ECHO session commented positively on the proposed model.  


For more information on project ECHO check out the website (

 There is still an opportunity for some Domiciliary Managers to join this new venture; please contact Mervyn Bothwell on

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