About the Trust

Belfast Health and Social Care Trust delivers integrated health and social care to 340,000 people in Belfast and part of the Borough of Castlereagh. It also provides specialist services to all of Northern Ireland.

With an annual budget of approximately £1bn (spending about £3m each day) and a staff of 20,000, it is one of the largest Trusts in the United Kingdom.


What we do

In our hospitals, we treat approximately 210,000 inpatient and day patients a year, see 680,000 outpatients and more than 200,000 people at our A&E departments.

In the community we are corporate parent to 600 children in care – the majority in foster care. We are also responsible for between 500 and 550 children on the child protection register – and every year receive 800 referrals for children in need of support – mostly in their own home.

We provide services for older people through nine residential homes and also commission services from the independent and voluntary sector to support older people who wish to remain in their own homes.

Improving health and wellbeing

Alongside our commitment to delivering safe, timely, high quality and cost-effective care, our Trust has a higher purpose – to improve health and wellbeing and reduce inequalities by using our size as a force for good and working in partnerships with other organisations such as those responsible for housing and education.


Our History

The Trust came into existence on 1 April 2007. It was formed under the Belfast Health and Social Services Trust Establishment Order Northern Ireland 2006 – and is responsible for the services formerly delivered by six Trusts which were merged on 31 March 2007.

These Trusts were

  • the Royal Group of Hospitals and Dental Hospital Health and Social Services Trust
  • the Mater Hospital Health and Social Services Trust
  • North and West Belfast Health and Social Services Trust
  • South and East Belfast Health and Social Services Trust
  • Green Park Health and Social Services Trust
  • Belfast City Hospital Health and Social Services Trust.