The principle of shared decision-making between a family and health team is important when considering when and how to request an external second opinion (ESO). This section includes information on the ESO process, including who should give an opinion and how this should be shared with families.
Find information on how second opinions are currently made in practice and the reasons why this guidance is important to standardise the second opinion process. This includes the legal and medical professional frameworks that health professionals are required to work in.
In 2021 the Department of Education published the overarching 10 Year Children and Young People’s Strategy (2020 – 2030) on behalf of the NI Executive. Subsequently, in 2022, the Executive produced an initial draft three Year Delivery Plan (2021-24) and published for public consultation.