Health and Social Care
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.
and Social Care Board (HSCB)
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.
Public Health Agency (PHA)
The Public Health Agency (PHA) has the key functions of improving health
and wellbeing and health protection. It also provides professional input to the commissioning
process. The PHA is jointly responsible (with the HSCB) for the development of a fully integrated
commissioning plan for health and social care in Northern Ireland.
The PHA works in partnership with local government, key organisations
and other sectors to improve health and wellbeing and reduce health inequalities.
Health and Social Care Trusts
There are a total of 6 Health and Social Care (HSC) Trusts in Northern
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.
The sixth Trust is the Northern Ireland Ambulance Service, which operates
a single Northern Ireland wide service to people in need and aims to improve the health and well-being
of the community through the delivery of high quality ambulance services.
Patient and Client Council (PCC)
The Patient and Client Council (PCC) is a regional body with local offices
covering the geographical areas of the five integrated Health and Care Trusts.
The overarching objective of the PCC is to provide a powerful, independent
voice for patients, clients, carers, and communities on health and social care issues.
The Business Services Organisation
The Business Services Organisation (BSO) is responsible for the provision
of a range of business support and specialist professional services to the whole of the Health and Social
Care sector including, HR, finance, legal services, procurement, ICT and other services. This
will be taken forward in a phased approach.
Regulation and Quality Improvement Authority (RQIA)
The Regulation and Quality Improvement Authority (RQIA) is the independent
health and social care regulatory body for Northern Ireland.In its work, RQIA encourages continuous
improvement in the quality of these services through a programme of inspections and reviews.
NI Guardian Ad Litem Agency (NIGALA)
The functions of the Northern Ireland Guardian Ad Litem Agency (NIGALA)
- to safeguard and promote the interests of children by providing
independent social work investigation and advice in specified proceedings under the Children (Northern
Ireland) Order 1995 and in Adoption (Northern Ireland) Order 1987; and
- to provide effective representation of children's views and interests.
NI Blood Transfusion Service (NIBTS)
The NI Blood Transfusion Service (NIBTS) exists to supply the needs
of all hospitals and clinical units in the province with safe and effective blood and blood products
and other related services. The discharge of this function includes a commitment to the care and welfare
of voluntary donors.
NI Social Care Council (NISCC)
Northern Ireland Social Care Council (NISCC) is the regulatory body
for the social care workforce in Northern Ireland. Its aim is to increase the protection of those using
social care services, their carers and the public.
NI Practice and Education Council for Nursing and Midwifery (NIPEC)
NIPEC aims to improve the quality of health and social care by supporting
the practice, education and professional development of nurses and midwives.
NI Medical and Dental Training Agency (NIMDTA)
The Northern Ireland Medical and Dental Training Agency (NIMDTA) is
responsible for funding, managing and supporting postgraduate medical and dental education within the
Northern Ireland Deanery. It provides a wide range of functions in the organisation, development and
quality assurance of Postgraduate Medical and Dental Education and in the delivery and quality assurance
of Continuing Professional Development for general, medical and dental practitioners.