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How we fit into the HSC Structure

Department of Health (DOH)

The Department of Health (DoH) is one of nine Northern Ireland Departments.

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:

  • leading a major programme of cross-government action to improve the health and well-being of the population and reduce health inequalities.
  • this includes interventions involving health promotion and education to encourage people to adopt activities, behaviours and attitudes which lead to better health and well-being.
  • the aim is a population which is much more engaged in ensuring its own health and well-being
  • ensuring the provision of appropriate health and social care services, both in clinical settings such as hospitals and GPs’ surgeries, and in the community through nursing, social work and other professional services

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
  • Public Safety, which covers policy and legislation for fire and rescue services

The Public Health Agency (PHA)

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 Buisness Services Organisation (BSO)

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 (PCC)

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:

  1. Listen and act on people’s views
  2. Encourage people to get involved
  3. Help people make a complaint
  4. 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:

Belfast Trust
Northern Trust
South Eastern Trust
Southern Trust
Western Trust