The Department has three main business responsibilities: Health and Social Care (HSC) , which includes policy and legislation for hospitals, family practitioner services and community health and personal social services; Public Health , which covers policy, legislation and administrative action to promote and protect the health and well-being of the population; and Public Safety, which covers policy and legislation for fire and rescue services.
The Health and Social Care Board, established by Minister Michael McGimpsey MLA on 1 April 2009, faces a diverse and challenging role as it seeks to develop health and social care services across Northern Ireland. The role of the Health and Social Care Board is broadly contained in three functions:
- To arrange or ‘commission’ a comprehensive range of modern and effective health and social services for the 1.7 million people who live in Northern Ireland;
- To work with the health and social care trusts that directly provide services to people to ensure that these meet their needs;
- To deploy and manage its annual funding from the Northern Ireland Executive (currently £4 billion) to ensure that all services are safe and sustainable.
The Public Health Agency (PHA) was established in April 2009 as part of the reforms to Health and Social Care (HSC) in Northern Ireland. They are the major regional organisation for health protection and health and social well being improvement. Their role also commits us to addressing the causes and associated inequalities of preventable ill-health and lack of well being. They are a multi-disciplinary, multi-professional body with a strong regional and local presence.
The Business Services Organisation has been established to provide a broad range of regional business support functions and specialist professional services to the health and social care sector in Northern Ireland.
The Patient and Client Council was established under legislation on the 1st April 2009 as part of the reform of Health and Social Care in Northern Ireland, replacing the health and social service councils.
The Patient and Client Council is your independent voice on health and social care issues.
They are there to:
- Listen and act on people’s views
- Encourage people to get involved
- Help people make a complaint
- Provide advice and information
Health and Social Care Trusts (HSC)
The Northern Ireland Ambulance Service HSC Trust is one of 6 Health and Social Care (HSC) Trusts which provide health and social services.
The other 5 Trusts in Northern Ireland are: