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Department of Health, Social Services and Public Safety


The statistical bulletin presents information on all new and unplanned review attendances during Jan, Feb and March ... more
31 March 2016
DHSSPS today published the Northern Ireland Cancer Waiting Times Statistics... more
28 March 2016
Money from Transformation Fund will be used to set up a regional team of Community Resuscitation Development Officers... more

Our responsibilities


Advice on dental services and oral health for all dental practitioners and dental care professionals and guidance on workforce planning and contractual arrangements

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Finance, Procurement and Support Services

Guidance to ALBs on accountability, financial management, procurement and other financial matters. Information about planned and ongoing procurements

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Good management, good records

Advice and guidance on records management including a retention and disposal schedule covering all records created by the department and HSC organisations, as well as those working under contract to HSC

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Health workforce policy and management

Medical employment terms and conditions (except GPs), workforce development including education, careers and skills, policy reports and guidance

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Nursing and allied health professionals

Nursing and midwifery policies, strategies and guidance and professional guidance for allied health professionals

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Governance in health and social care

Guidance on how organisations should manage their businesses, determine strategy and achieve objectives

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Mental health and learning disabilities

An overview of the Autism strategy and action plan; Bamford review of mental health and learning disability and mental health and learning disability statistics

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Safety and quality standards

Policy and Guidance for Improving the Safety and Quality of Health and Social Care Services including best practice guidance, service frameworks, regulation and Q2020

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Public health policy and advice

The Strategic Framework for Public Health, health promotion, health protection and emergency preparedness, highlighting obesity prevention, sexual health, skin cancer prevention, suicide prevention and tobacco control

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Professional medical and environmental health advice

Environmental health and climate change, health and social care research and development, professional good practice guidelines and HSC communications and letters from the CMO

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The Chief Pharmaceutical Officer Dr Mark Timoney and his team are responsible for providing specialist advice on medicines and pharmaceutical issues, for the development of policy relating to medicines 

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Social services

All professional aspects on how social care is delivered in Northern Ireland including social work strategy, child protection, NSMC, early authoritative interventions

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Health policy

Making Life Better, Donaldson report, Transforming Your Care 

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DHSSPS statistics and research

Information & analysis directorate (IAD) provides statistical information relating to many aspects of health and social care services in Northern Ireland

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Our documents

Access to information

How to request information from the Department of Health, Social Services and Public Safety including Freedom of Information, information about yourself and the type of information we commit to publish on a regular basis. More...

The Minister

Department of Health, Social Services and Public Safety

Simon is the Minister for Health, Social Services and Public Safety in the Northern Ireland Executive. 


Management and structure

The Department of Health, Social Services and Public Safety is one of 12 Northern Ireland Departments created in 1999 as part of the Northern Ireland Executive by the Northern Ireland Act 1998 and the Departments (Northern Ireland) Order 1999 ... more

Contact us

Department of Health, Social Services and Public Safety
Information Office
Castle Buildings

Telephone: 028 9052 0500
Email: webmaster@dhsspsni.gov.uk