Department of Health


The Department of Health has approved the roll out of a new vaccination programme aimed at protecting newborns and older ... more
18 July 2024
"Reforming adult social care is about so much more than easing hospital pressures" - Health Minister Mike Nesbitt... more
11 July 2024
Department of Health publishes statistics on complaint issues and compliments received by the six HSC Trusts - 2023/24... more

Our responsibilities


Advice on dental services and oral health for all dental practitioners and dental care professionals and guidance on workforce planning and contractual arrangements

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Finance, Procurement and Support Services

Guidance to ALBs on accountability, financial management, procurement and other financial matters. Information about planned and ongoing procurements

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Good management, good records

Advice and guidance on records management including a retention and disposal schedule covering all records created by the department and HSC organisations, as well as those working under contract to HSC

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Health workforce policy and management

Medical employment terms and conditions (except GPs), workforce development including education, careers and skills, policy reports and guidance

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Nursing, Midwifery and Allied Health Professions (AHPs)

Nursing and midwifery policies, strategies and guidance and professional guidance for allied health professions

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Governance in health and social care

Guidance on how organisations should manage their businesses, determine strategy and achieve objectives

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Mental health and learning disabilities

An overview of the Autism strategy and action plan; Bamford review of mental health and learning disability and mental health and learning disability statistics

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Safety and quality

Policy and Guidance for Improving the Safety and Quality of Health and Social Care Services including best practice guidance, service frameworks, regulation and Q2020

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Public health policy and advice

The Strategic Framework for Public Health, health promotion, health protection and emergency preparedness, highlighting obesity prevention, sexual health, skin cancer prevention, suicide prevention and tobacco control

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Professional medical and environmental health advice

Environmental health and climate change, health and social care research and development, professional good practice guidelines and HSC communications and letters from the CMO

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The Chief Pharmaceutical Officer Cathy Harrison and her team are responsible for providing specialist advice on medicines and pharmaceutical issues, for the development of policy relating to medicines 

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Social services

All professional aspects on how social care is delivered in Northern Ireland including social work strategy, child protection, NSMC, early authoritative interventions

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Health policy

Making Life Better, Donaldson report

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DoH Statistics and Research

Information & analysis directorate (IAD) provides statistical information relating to many aspects of health and social care services in Northern Ireland.Our statistical practice is regulated by the Office for Statistics Regulation (OSR)Link to the Calendar document:IAD Statistics Calendar

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Implementation Programme for the Recommendations from the Inquiry into Hyponatraemia Related Deaths (IHRD)

Information on the Departments Implementation Programme for the Inquiry into Hyponatraemia Related Deaths (IHRD)

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Transformation Programme

In October 2016, a 10 year approach to transforming health and social care was launched, “Health and Wellbeing 2026: Delivering Together”.

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NMC Future Nurse education standards

Chief Nursing Officer Professor Charlotte McArdle launches the implementation of the 2018 NMC Future Nurse education standards here in Northern Ireland.

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Neurology Recall

Overview and guidance for Neurology Recall patients seeking compensation

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Celebrating 75 years of the Health Service

This year is the 75th anniversary of the NHS

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Independent Neurology Inquiry (INI)

This page contains information on the INI Implementation Programme

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Our documents

Access to information

How to request information from the Department of Health including Freedom of Information, information about yourself and the type of information we commit to publish on a regular basis. More...

The Minister

Department of Health

Health Minister Mike Nesbitt was appointed Minister of Health for Northern Ireland on 29 May 2024. Mr Nesbitt previously served as the Assembly Private Secretary to the Health Minister.


Management and structure

The Department of Health (DoH) is one of nine Northern Ireland Departments... more

Contact us

Department of Health
Castle Buildings
Northern Ireland

Telephone: 028 9052 0500

Alternatively contact us using our feedback form.

Please Note: This email address is for non-emergency queries only relating to the work of the Department of Health NI.


Correspondence received by the Department is not acknowledged: however, every effort is made to ensure a prompt response.”

If your query relates to DHSC (England) please use the following link.



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