Belfast Health & Social Care Trust


Belfast Trust is the largest integrated health and social care trust in the United Kingdom.

We deliver integrated health and social care to approximately 340,000 citizens in Belfast and provide the majority of regional specialist services to all of Northern Ireland, including the Regional Trauma Centre.

We have an annual budget of £1.4 billion and a workforce over 21,000 (full time and part time). Belfast Trust also comprises the major teaching and training hospitals in Northern Ireland.

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

Our annual activity

  • 333,000 District Nurse visits
  • 7,500 people supported in their own homes
  • Responsible for 350 children on the Child Protection Register, 750 looked-after children and more than 4,000 children and young people in need
  • More than 160,000 new attendances at Emergency Departments
  • Care for 65,000 day case patients
  • Care for 150,000 inpatients
  • Care for 600,000 outpatients
  • 15,000 critical care bed days
  • 140 partnerships and more than 1,000 contracts with community, voluntary and private sector organisations
  • Supported by 400 volunteers
  • Our staff are supported in delivering care by more than 40,000 family carers. 
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