Extension of the Non-Executive Chair of the Regional Health and Social Care Board

Date published: 08 December 2016

Health Minister Michelle O’Neill today announced the extension of the term of appointment of Ian Clements as Non-Executive Chair of the Regional Health and Social Care Board (HSCB) for the period from 1 December 2016 to 31 March 2018.

This extension carries a time commitment of three days per week and attracts an annual remuneration of £33,663.

The Regional Health and Social Care Board was established by Section 7 (1) of the Health and Social Care (Reform) Act (NI) 2009. The role of the HSCB is to arrange or ‘commission’ a comprehensive range of modern and effective health and social services for the 1.7 million people who live in the north of Ireland, to work with the Health and Social Care Trusts that directly provide services to people to ensure that these meet their needs and to deploy and manage its annual funding from the Executive to ensure that all services are safe and sustainable.

The board of the HSCB is made up of five Executive Directors, including the Chief Executive, a Non-Executive Chair and seven Non-Executive Directors. 

The extensions have been made in accordance with the Code of Practice issued by the Commissioner for Public Appointments for NI. A selection panel, which included an Independent Assessor, as required under the Commissioner’s Code, considered the suitability of all candidates. The final decision on the appointment rested with the Minister.    

Notes to editors: 

1. Dr Ian Clements has worked in Health and Social Care for 40 years, during which time he has made a significant contribution to developing health and social care services. Dr Clements lives in Newtownards, where he practiced as a GP for 27 years. He also held a wide range of professional posts and has been instrumental in developing the role of primary care and improving services for patients and service users. He was appointed Chair of the Health and Social Care Board in 2008, successfully overseeing the establishment of the new regional commissioning organisation. Under Dr Clements’ leadership, innovative new pathways have been designed to enable patients and service users to get the right care in the most appropriate setting, ensuring there is now much closer integration between specialist, hospital, primary, social, and community care. Dr. Clements has declared that he has not engaged in any political activity in the last five years.

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