Health and social care in Northern Ireland

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Department for Health, Social Services and Public Safety

The Department for Health, Social Services and Public Safety (DHSSPS) sets the strategic context for the commissioning of health and social care services in Northern Ireland. Each year, the Minister leading the DHSSPS issues the Commissioning Plan Direction.


Health and Social Care Board

The Health and Social Care Board (HSCB) is responsible for producing an annual Commissioning Plan for services, including cancer care. The five Health and Social Care Trusts and charitable organisations then deliver the Plan. The HSCB is also responsible for resource management and service improvement.


Local Commissioning Groups

Five Local Commissioning Groups (LCGs) sit as formal committees of the HSCB and share geographical boundaries with the Trusts. LCGs have responsibility for assessing health and social care needs in their areas. Members must include representation from local government and the community and voluntary sector.


Public Health Agency

The Public Health Agency works with the HSCB, providing professional input to the commissioning process and promoting partnership with other organisations including the community and voluntary sector. Its 11 commissioning teams include specialist services, unscheduled care, elective care, cancer care, palliative care and long-term conditions.


Patient and Client Council

The Patient and Client Council is an independent organisation which represents the views of patients, clients, carers and communities on health and social care issues.


Regulation and Quality Improvement Agency

Regulation and Quality Improvement Agency (RQIA) is an independent health and social care regulatory body that monitors the provision, availability and quality of services.