Health Service Structure

The South Eastern HSC Trust is part of a wider health service family.  This page explains who the various organisations are, their role, and how they fit together to provide public health and social care services to people in Northern Ireland.

In Northern Ireland, the National Health Service (NHS) is referred to as HSC or Health and Social Care. Just like the NHS,  it is free at the point of delivery but  in Northern Ireland it also provides social care services like home care services, family and children’s services, day care services and social work services.

The Department of Health has overall authority for health and social care services. Services are commissioned by the Strategic Planning and Performance Group and provided by five Health and Social Care Trusts – Belfast, South Eastern, Southern, Northern and Western.

The sixth Trust is the NI Ambulance Service (NIAS) who provide ambulance services.