Health and Social Care in Northern Ireland are provided as an integrated service. There are a number of organisations who work together to plan, deliver and monitor Health and Social Care across Northern Ireland.
The Health and Social Care Board is responsible for commissioning services, resource management and performance management and service improvement. It works to identify and meet the needs of the Northern Ireland population through its five Local Commissioning Groups which cover the same geographical areas as the HSC Trusts.
There are a total of 6 Health and Social Care (HSC) Trusts in Northern Ireland.
5 HSC Trusts provide integrated health and social care services across Northern Ireland: Belfast HSC Trust, South Eastern HSC Trust, Western HSC Trust, Southern HSC Trust and Northern HSC Trust. HSC Trusts manage and administer hospitals, health centres, residential homes, day centres and other health and social care facilities and they provide a wide range of health and social care services to the community.
It is the Department's mission to improve the health and social well-being of the people of Northern Ireland. It endeavours to do so by:
The Permanent Secretary, Richard Pengelly, is also Chief Executive of the Health and Social Care system, as well as Principal Accounting Officer for all the Department’s responsibilities.
Within the Department, the key business groups are: