Transforming Our Health

NICVA is seeking to ensure that the sector is fully involved in the debate on how Northern Ireland can best transform health and social care services to meet growing needs and improve outcomes, and fully enabled to make its own major contribution to prevention and service provision.

In October 2016, the Department of Health launched a 10-year approach to transforming health and social care in Northern Ireland.

The plan, ‘Heath and Wellbeing 2026: Delivering Together’, was the then-Health Minister Michelle O’Neill’s response to the report produced by an Expert Panel led by Professor Rafael Bengoa tasked with considering the best configuration of health and social care services in Northern Ireland.

Health and Wellbeing 2026: Delivering Together

Systems, Not Structures – Changing Health and Social Care (‘Bengoa Report’)

Health and Wellbeing 2026: Delivering Together provides a ten-year road map for the transformation of Health and Social Care (HSC) services in N Ireland.

It is aligned with the aspirations set out within the Northern Ireland Executive’s draft Programme for Government   (PfG), and the PfG ambition of enabling people to lead long, healthy and active lives.

Four key aims underpin this ambition:

  • Improving the health of our people
  • Supporting and empowering staff
  • Improving the quality and experience of care
  • Ensuring the sustainability of services


Reporting and Progress

The Department has posted annual progress reports, outlining key actions and achievements since the strategy’s launch in October 2016.

These can be found here .

  • The first progress report, published in October 2017, outlined actions taken since the strategy’s  launch in October 2016.
  • The most recent progress report published in May 2019 is available to view online or you can view a  shorter interactive version which highlights progress made over the previous year (includes video).This document features some of the new projects which have been brought forward and that Department of say Health ''will in time transform the way we engage, access and deliver health and social care''.
  • The progress report for 2020 has yet to be published.

This hub will provide information and updates as and when they are available.

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