2018 International Healthy Cities Conference

Site Visits Wednesday 3 October 2018

Site visits have been arranged under the themes of People, Place, Participation, and Prosperity, Planet, Peace.


All site visits will start at 10.30am on Wednesday 3 October 2018 from the Waterfront Hall. It is estimated the tours will return to Belfast City Centre by approximately 12.45pm. Delegates will receive lunch as part of their chosen site visit.

Below is a list of site visits on offer, with a brief description of each visit. Booking can be done via registration form. Please note places on the site visits are limited.

People: a human focus to societal development that prioritizes investment in people to improve equity and inclusion through enhanced empowerment.


This theme includes equity and inclusion, empowerment, non-discriminatory governance, a rights-based approach to participation, universal access to public services, gender equality, and health literacy.    

1. Title: Innovative Approaches to Medicine

Host: Cancer Centre at Belfast Health and Social Care Trust and Macmillan Support and Information Centre

Places available: 20


Belfast Health and Social Care Trust is committed to ensuring that people affected by cancer have access to high quality information and support. The Cancer Centre provides chemotherapy, radiotherapy and brachytherapy treatments for up to 2500 patients each week from across Northern Ireland.


Macmillan Support and Information Centre is a Belfast Health and Social Care Trust service in partnership with Macmillan Cancer Support, Cancer Focus NI, Friends of the Cancer Centre and Action Cancer. Providing free information and confidential support to people living with cancer, as well as their carers, friends and family in a calm, relaxing environment. The Centre also offers wig fitting, counselling and complementary therapy services.


The visit will also include a tour of Botanic Gardens, a public garden occupying 28 acres of south Belfast and home to The Palm House and Tropical Ravine. The gardens are popular with local residents, students and tourists and a popular venue for concerts, festivals and other events.


2. Title: Regional Trauma Unit, Royal Victoria Hospital

Host: Emergency Department, Royal Victoria Hospital, Belfast Health and Social Care Trust

Places available: 20


Belfast Trust delivers integrated health and social care to 340,000 people in Belfast and is the Regional Trauma Centre to the 1.8 million population of Northern Ireland providing care for the most complex cases of multiple trauma.  The Emergency Departments are the busiest in Northern Ireland, treating around 150,000 patients each year.  


Belfast Health and Social Care Trust provides emergency services at the Royal Victoria Hospital, Mater Hospital and Royal Belfast Hospital for Sick Children.  A new state of the art Emergency Department at the Royal Victoria Hospital opened in August 2015. The Emergency Department teams collaborate with other acute services as part of a seamless model of acute care.

As a University Teaching Trust, there are strong partnerships with Queen’s University Belfast and Ulster University providing high quality continuous training for all health and social care disciplines. 


An historical tour of the community surrounding the hospital will provide a unique insight into the legacy of the area.

3. Title: Diversity in South Belfast

Host: Chinese Welfare Association and South Belfast Partnership Board

Places available: 20


South Belfast is a dynamic and vibrant part of the city and home to the Chinese Welfare Association (CWA).  Working within a framework of racial equality, CWA enable all sections of the community to fully participate in both the development of the community and wider society. 


The Chinese Welfare Association are based on the banks of the River Lagan and work with the Chinese community and also provide support for a range of Black Asian Minority Ethics groups, to meet the health and social needs.


A visit to adjacent Ormeau Park, the oldest municipal park in Belfast, having been officially opened to the public in 1871. It is owned and run by Belfast City Council and is one of the largest and busiest parks in the city and contains a variety of horticulture, woodland, wildlife and sporting facilities.