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Transforming your Care: A Review of Health and Social Care in Northern Ireland


Department of Health, Social Services and Public Safety

Subject Keywords: An examination of the provision of a range of health services, including acute hospital configuration and primary health care
Topic: Health Inequalities
Health Inequalities
Type: Report
Region: Northern Ireland

In June 2011, the Minister for Health, Social Services and Public Safety, Edwin Poots, MLA, announced that a Review of the Provision of Health and Social Care (HSC) Services in Northern Ireland would be undertaken. The Review was to provide a strategic assessment across all aspects of health and social care services, examining the present quality and accessibility of services, and the extent to which the needs of patients, clients, carers and communities are being met. Crucially it was to bring forward recommendations for the future shape of services and provide an implementation plan. The Review team was not asked to bring forward proposals which reduced the budget published by the Northern Ireland Executive, but was asked to ensure that it was used to best effect.

The Review identified twelve major principles for change, which should
underpin the shape of the future model proposed for health and social care.

1. Placing the individual at the centre of any model by promoting a better outcome for the service user, carer and their family.

2. Using outcomes and quality evidence to shape services.

3. Providing the right care in the right place at the right time.

4. Population-based planning of services.

5. A focus on prevention and tackling inequalities.

6. Integrated care – working together.

7. Promoting independence and personalisation of care.

8. Safeguarding the most vulnerable.

9. Ensuring sustainability of service provision.

10. Realising value for money.

11. Maximising the use of technology.

12. Incentivising innovation at a local level.



Rights: © DHSSPSNI
Suggested citation:

Department of Health, Social Services and Public Safety . (2011) Transforming your Care: A Review of Health and Social Care in Northern Ireland [Online]. Available from: [Accessed: 24th August 2019].


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