Extension to the term of a Non-Executive Member of the Patient and Client Council

Date published: 12 October 2020

Health Minster Robin Swann, has announced a 12 month extension to the term of a Non-Executive Member (Local Government Representative) of the Patient and Client Council (PCC).

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Councillor Martin Reilly’s term has been extended from 1 August 2020 to 31 July 2021. 

The Non-Executive Member role attracts an annual remuneration of £3,745 and carries a time commitment of 2 days per month.

The appointment was made in accordance with the Code of Practice issued by the Commissioner for Public Appointments for Northern Ireland.

The PCC was established under legislation on the 1 April 2009 as part of the reform of Health and Social Care in Northern Ireland, replacing the health and social service councils. It is an independent voice on health and social care issues, with local offices throughout Northern Ireland.  The PCC Board is responsible for setting policy and direction and for monitoring progress and performance.

The PCC Board is made up of a Non-Executive Chair and 16 Non-Executive Members (5 Lay Members, 5 Local Government Representatives, 5 Voluntary and Community Members and 1 Trade Union Member).

Notes to editors: 

  1. Councillor Martin Reilly is originally from County Fermanagh and now lives in Derry. He is an elected representative of Derry City and Strabane District Council.  Cllr Reilly first joined Derry City Council in 2004 and was Mayor of Derry in 2013-2014, during the City of Culture celebrations. He is currently SDLP Group Leader on Council and has chaired various Council committees and represents the Council on a number of outside bodies. In 2016 he was the National Chair of the Association of Public Sector Excellence (APSE). He currently works for the Alzheimer’s Society as their NI Public Affairs and Campaigns Officer.
  1. Cllr Reilly graduated from Queen’s University Belfast in 2000 with a BA Hons in History and Politics. He was elected by his fellow students as a Sabbatical Officer for Education. A survivor of Hodgkin’s Lymphoma, Cllr Reilly retains a keen interest in improving cancer services for people across Northern Ireland. Cllr Reilly currently holds no other Ministerial Public Appointments.
  1.  Appointments to the PCC are made with the approval of the Health Minister.
  1.  All appointments are made on merit and political activity plays no part in the selection process. However, the Commissioner for Public Appointments for Northern Ireland requires the political activity of appointees to be published.   Councillor Reilly declared that he successfully stood for election as a Social Democratic and Labour Party SDLP local government councillor in May 2019, having been a councillor since 2004. He canvassed in the European Elections in June 2019 and in the General Election in 2019 and continued this type of doorstep activity in 2020.
  1.  For media enquiries please contact DoH Press Office by email: pressoffice@health-ni.gov.uk. Out of hours please contact the Duty Press Officer on 028 9037 8110.  Follow us on Twitter@healthdpt

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