Unscheduled care


The DoH Unscheduled Care Task Group was established by the then Minister, Edwin Poots MLA, and endorsed by Jim Wells MLA, to take forward recommendations of an RQIA review of unscheduled care services in the Belfast Trust, address the associated regional recommendations and  consider the outcomes of the Royal College of Nursing and College of Emergency Medicine summits into unscheduled care.

Unscheduled Care task group

The task group is Co-Chaired by the Department’s Chief Medical Officer, Dr Michael McBride, and Chief Nursing Officer, Charlotte McArdle.

The Task Group is unique in that it draws together the full spectrum of talent and skills from across all professions and disciplines in the HSC into a single project structure, underpinned by a quality improvement methodology, unified in delivering on clear goals set by the Minister.

The work of the Task Group is through two mechanisms, time limited workstreams and Trust implementation plans. The workstreams established are:

  • escalation
  • patient flow
  • respiratory services
  • diagnostics
  • out of hospital care
  • care of frail older people

Workstream are at various stages in their work but all report regularly to the Regional Coordinating Group on progress. 


Unscheduled care updates provide key information and data for the Unscheduled Care Task Group Regional Coordinating Group, on the present situation in Trusts and in the Unscheduled Care Task Group workstreams.

Learning event presentations

Presentations delivered by key public health professionals at taskforce meetings

Emergency care statistics

Details information on new attendances, planned and unplanned review attendances and waiting times at emergency care departments.  Includes statistics on patient transport and ambulance emergency response.

Unscheduled Care Task Group Regional Co-ordination Group Meetings

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