The HSC Board together with its Local Commissioning Groups (LCGs) are accountable to the Health Minister for translating his vision for health and social care into a range of services that deliver high quality and safe outcomes for users, good value for the taxpayer and compliance with statutory obligations. A key role of the HSC Board with the Public Health Agency (PHA) is effective engagement with providers, Patient Client Council (PCC), local government, service users, local communities, other public sector bodies, the voluntary and community sectors.
The five Local Commissioning Groups (LCGs), the Belfast; Northern; South Eastern; Southern and Western Local Commissioning Groups, are committees of the Health and Social Care Board. Each LCG is co-terminus with their respective Health and Social Care Trust area. LCGs are responsible for the commissioning of health and social care by addressing the care needs of their local population. They also have responsibility for assessing health and social care needs; planning health and social care to meet current and emerging needs; and securing the delivery of health and social care to meet assessed needs.
Health and Social Care Trusts
The 5 HSC Trusts are committed to strengthening and improving the quality and effectiveness of personal and public involvement in order to tackle inequalities in health, promote health and wellbeing, and to improve service delivery and patient experience.
Service users, carers and the public can have a positive impact on the delivery of services and can lead to improvements in the quality of care being delivered.
There are many ways to get involved in helping to develop and improve HSC Trust services including responding to consultations, attending focus groups and meetings, involvement on steering group, getting involved in research, audit and patient satisfaction surveys.
PHA is a multi-disciplinary, multi-professional body with a strong regional and local presence. PHA has four key functions:
- health and social wellbeing improvement
- health protection
- public health support to commissioning and policy development
- HSC research and development.
- aspire to be leaders in involving people in health and social care
- use effective ways for all people to tell us about their health and social care experience
- support people in having their views heard on health and social care issues
- make sure our complaints service is accessible and effective
- and inspire health and social care services to place people at the centre of everything they do.