Who we are

Northern Health and Social Care Trust provides a broad range of health and social care services for people across the local council areas of Antrim, Ballymena, Ballymoney, Carrickfergus, Coleraine, Cookstown, Larne, Magherafelt, Moyle and Newtownabbey.

  

Services are provided from nine different hospitals and a large number of community based settings including people's own homes, day centres, health centres and residential care.

The Trust is geographically the largest health and social care trust in Northern Ireland, operating from approximately 150 locations and providing services to a population of 459,000 people. We also provide services to people who live on Rathlin, the only inhabited island in Northern Ireland. The area we cover can be seen in the Northern Health and Social Care Trust map.

The Trust directly employs approximately 12,000 people. It has an annual budget of £619 million which is secured from a range of commissioners, the main commissioner being the Health and Social Care Board. For more detailed information please read our Annual Report 2011-2012.


How we fit in to the Health and Social Care structure

In England, Scotland and Wales, the National Health Service (NHS) provides health care services while local councils provide social care services. In Northern Ireland, these services are combined under what is known as Health and Social Care (HSC). Like the NHS the service is free at the point of delivery.

In England, Scotland and Wales, the National Health Service (NHS) provides health care services while local councils provide social care services. In Northern Ireland, these services are combined under what is known as Health and Social Care (HSC). Like the NHS the service is free at the point of delivery.

The Department of Health, Social Services and Public Safety for Northern Ireland (DHSSPS) has overall responsibility for health and social care services.

The Department sets priorities for a number of bodies/organisations which take forward operational aspects of DHSSPS business. These bodies include the Health and Social Care Board, six health and social care trusts, a Patient and Client Council, the Public Health Agency, the Business Services Organisation (BSO) and the Regulation and Quality Improvement Authority. There are also five Local Commissioning Groups (LCGs) focusing on the planning and resourcing of services. The LCGs cover the same geographical area as the health and social care trusts.

The Northern Trust is one of six trusts in Northern Ireland. HSC trusts are the main providers of health and social care in Northern Ireland. The other five trusts are:

The Northern Ireland Ambulance Service Trust
Belfast Health and Social Care Trust
South Eastern Health and Social Care Trust
Southern Health and Social Care Trust
Western Health and Social Care Trust

The five HSC Trusts became operational on 1 April 2007, following the Review of Public Administration. They were created from the merger of 19 former trusts. The Northern Trust was established following the merger of three former trusts - Causeway, Homefirst and United.

Related links

Map showing areas covered by health trusts in Northern Ireland
Map showing the local council areas within each health trust area
Official website for health and personal services in Northern Ireland
Statutory rules of Northern Ireland: Health and Personal Social Services

Page last updated:14 January 2013