The role of the Health and Social Care Board (HSCB) 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 £4.5 billion – to ensure this is targeted according to need, and reflects the aspirations of local communities and their representatives.
The work of the HSCB has the potential to reach everyone in Northern Ireland at some point in their lives. We spend around £10 million every day. These are just some of the services provided:
Top ten expenditure categories for hospital services, and community and personal social services (2015/16)
Chart showing hospital services top ten spending categories 2015/2016
Chart shown community and personal social services top ten spending categories