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The role of the Strategic Planning and Performance Group (SPPG) of the Department of Health is broadly contained in three functions:

  • Arranging or ‘commissioning’ a full range of health and social services for the 1.8 million people who live in Northern Ireland.
  • Performance management of Health and Social Care Trusts that provide services to the population, and supporting service improvements to ensure optimal quality and value for money, in line with relevant government target.
  • Deploying and managing annual funding from the Northern Ireland Executive – currently around £5.5 billion – to ensure this is targeted according to need, and reflects the aspirations of local communities and their representatives.

The work of the SPPG reaches everyone in Northern Ireland at some point in their lives. We spend around £15 million every day.