Minister for Health, Social Services and Public Safety
Edwin Poots MLA was appointed Minister of the Department of Health,
Social Services and Public Safety in the Northern Ireland Executive on 16 May 2011.
Edwin Poots was born in 1965 and was educated at the Wallace High School,
Lisburn, and then Greenmount Agricultural College. He is married with four children. He is a farmer
and was a member of Lisburn City Council from 1997 to 2010. He was elected as member for Lagan Valley
to the Northern Ireland Assembly in 1998.
Edwin was a member of the Environment Committee and chaired the Committee
of the Centre (i.e. Committee for the Office of the First and Deputy First Ministers) in the 1998-2003
Assembly. On 8 May 2007, he was appointed Minister of Culture, Arts and Leisure in the Northern Ireland
Executive, a post he held until 9 June 2008. He was appointed Minister of the Environment in the Northern
Ireland Executive on 30 June 2009, until May 2011.
Shortly after becoming the Minister for Health in 2011, Edwin Poots
announced a review of health and social care provision in Northern Ireland. This review – which has
since become known as Transforming Your Care – made 99 proposals for change with the aim of enabling
services to be structured around the needs of the individual.
Transforming Your Care is a key vehicle for delivering the Minister’s
vision of a model of care which is built around delivering the right care, in the right place and at
the right time for service users and patients across Northern Ireland.