NHSCT 2017/18 Financial Planning - Savings Plan - Update

The Board of the Northern Health and Social Care Trust today (Friday 13 October 2017) approved the standing down of all the ‘major and/or controversial’ proposals that were submitted under the Trust’s Savings Plan, with the exception of that relating to car parking at acute hospital sites.  All of the ‘low impact’ normal in-year financial management proposals, amounting to total savings of £6.3 million will proceed as planned.

Consultation Outcome Report for consideration by Trust Board 13 October 2017


Proposals (Draft Equality Impact Assessment)
Containment of growth in community care home placements and domiciliary care packages

Reduction of non-urgent elective day surgery and inpatient surgery

Reducing reliance on non-contract agency nursing staff

Temporarily close rehabilitation services at Whiteabbey Hospital and redirect Trust employed staff to temporarily work at Antrim Area Hospital


Equality, Good Relations and Human Rights Screening Template
Ceasing of domiciliary meals provision (meals provided to people in their own homes)

Increase car park charges at acute Hospital sites (Antrim and Causeway)

Reduction in the use of Locum Doctors

Reduce number of community based rehabilitation beds

To reduce the use of private non-emergency ambulance transport 


Previous consultation information

The Trust is now required to consult on the draft proposals in its 2017/18 Savings Plan in line with the Department’s policy guidance circular: Change or Withdrawal of Services – Guidance on roles and responsibilities, dated 26 November 2014.

Consultation letter

2017/18 Financial Planning - Savings Plan - Consultation Document
2017/18 Financial Planning - Savings Plan - Easy Read Consultation Document

Frequently asked questions

If you would like us to send you a copy of the consultation document please contact the Trust’s Equality Unit on 028 2766 1377 or email equality.unit@northerntrust.hscni.net

If you have any queries about these documents, and their availability in alternative formats (including Braille, disk, audio cassette and minority languages) then please contact:

Equality Unit
Route Complex
8e Coleraine Road
Ballymoney
Co Antrim
BT53 6BP

Tel: 028 2766 1377
Fax: 028 2766 1209
Mobile Text: 07825667154
E-mail: equality.unit@northerntrust.hscni.net  

No decisions have been made and this consultation provides an opportunity for consultees to give their views on the temporary proposals.

This consultation questionnaire is available for you to complete.

Consultation questionnaire

We welcome your comments in any format. Please send your comments to the Equality Unit. Comments should be returned by 5 October 2017.

Locality engagement meetings in relation to the 2017/18 Financial Planning – Savings Plan have been arranged to provide the opportunity for you to hear more about the proposals and give your feedback.

Page last updated:13 October 2017