The Programme for Government 2011-2015 published by the Northern Ireland Executive [NIE] sets out 5 key priorities, underpinned by some 82 specific commitments and a series of what are described as building blocks of capability that need to work effectively together to succeed.
The NIE says:
devolution means local people setting the priorities for the future. The primary focus of your Executive for the next four years will be to grow the economy and tackle disadvantage. Through the consultation period we have listened and ensured that our priorities are your priorities.
Support young people into employment by providing skills and training
A young person equipped with a Mydex personal data store can put together evidence of their identity, experience, qualifications and training, and will have the ability to share this information securely in new ways. This will help many application processes run more smoothly, and support people taking a more active part in their own personal development and growth.
Reconfigure, reform and modernise the delivery of Health and Social Care services to improve the quality of patient care
Mydex-enabled citizens are able to participate more fully in their care and support; and, critically, take decisions regarding informed consent and permission for data to flow smoothly across organisational boundaries to those that need it.
The NIE has a vision of streamlining processes, reducing cost and improving the quality of collaboration and care undertaken in a range of settings; of integrated healthcare and social care delivery using multi organisational and multidisciplinary teams of professional, third sector and family members. Mydex helps turn this vision into a reality.
Improve online access to government services
Mydex equips the citizen with a trustworthy digital identity and a personal data store that can be securely connected to government services to allow the exchange of information.
This helps support the NIE’s desire to improve quality of services to the citizen, while at the same time reducing costs and streamlining processes; to be “digital by default”.
Mydex improves trust through security and proven identity; it streamlines processes through secure communication channels for exchange of data. This can involve forms filled in online and retrievable for review later; or receiving status updates on applications or issues; or basic updates of information, such as change of phone number or address.
By the end of 2014/15, to have implemented new structures to support the improved delivery of housing services to the citizens of Northern Ireland
Housing services are vital yet costly, and require the movement of large amounts of data back and forth between the organisations involved and the tenants or applicants. This can be for support; or repairs and maintenance, service requests, or tenant applications and assessments.
For an individual equipped with a Mydex personal data store, and for any organisation connected to the platform, these processes become integrated, seamless, less complex, more privacy friendly and, above all, highly cost effective.
Develop and implement a Financial Capability Strategy for consumers
An important aspect of social improvement is helping people to take better control of their own financial affairs, and there are many programmes designed to help people out of poverty. They require some understanding of financial matters and an idea of how to manage money effectively, but there has been a slow take up of existing funds. This factor will become even more important next year, with Universal Credits and Personal Independence Payments coming on stream.
Many people still live without a bank account, debit or credit card; or are unable to secure one, which makes it more difficult to manage key expenses without going into debt. One example is fuel poverty arising from poor home insulation and an inability to apply for energy tariffs specifically targeted at people on low income and benefits.
A Mydex enabled individual will have access to simple apps designed to help them understand and manage their finances. It will put all their personal information together in one secure, easily accessible place, making it much easier to make appropriate applications for grants and support, while providing them with the tools to monitor their progress and use of such services.