The Northern Trust is one of five health and social care trusts in Northern Ireland which became operational on 1 April 2007.

We provide a comprehensive range of health and social care services to a population of almost 436,000 people across a geographical area of 1,733 square miles spanning four new council areas (Antrim and Newtownabbey District, Causeway Coast and Glens District, Mid and East Antrim District and Mid Ulster District), making it the largest geographical trust in Northern Ireland.

The Trust has a budget of over £600m and employs over 12,000 staff across a full range of medical, health and social care disciplines.

The Trust delivers services from over 150 facilities including two major general hospital sites, a mental health hospital, local community hospitals, health centres, social services and a significant network of community services as well as provision of care in the home.  This includes care to people who live on Rathlin, the only inhabited island in Northern Ireland.

We provide emergency hospital services on two sites, Antrim Area Hospital and Causeway Hospital in Coleraine.

Bob McCann Chair

Jennifer Welsh Chief Executive

Why Northern Health and Social Care Trust is supporting Boardroom Apprentice

This will be the fifth year for the Trust to support an apprentice and it has been a positive learning experience both for the Trust and for the apprentice.  It has been good to have another perspective on how the Trust conducts its business.

The Trust is also interested in widening the pool of prospective Trust Board members to reflect the diversity in the Trust’s population and widen representation from all genders and other protected categories.  

Location of Board and Committee Meetings

Board meetings have been held virtually since March 2020 and appropriate IT support will be made available.  If meetings return to in-person events, these are mostly held in Trust Headquarters, Bretten Hall, Antrim Hospital Site.

Frequency and timing of board/committee meetings

Board meetings take place on the 4th Thursday morning of the month from 9am to 1pm.  These are held 7 times per annum and there are 4 workshops as well.

Committee meetings are usually held on a quarterly basis.

Date of Board Meetings (September 2022 – August 2023)

Thursday 22 September (Workshop)
Thursday 27 October (Meeting)
Thursday 24 November (Meeting)
Thursday 22 December (Workshop)
Dates for 2023 will be confirmed in a few months

Committee of the Boards and meeting dates (September 2022 – August 2023)