The Department of Health is a devolved Northern Irish government department in the Northern Ireland Executive. As with the devolved governments of both Scotland and Wales, the Department is directly responsible for health and social care in Northern Ireland and its population of almost 1.9 million.
The response to Covid-19 saw restrictions imposed on every aspect of life including social, education and economic, while also placing enormous pressure on health and social care systems.
Led by the Department of Health, a large-scale emergency recruitment campaign was created and launched with the urgent objective of ensuring additional capacity was available in the event of the health and social care system being overwhelmed.
The HSC Workforce Appeal was conceived, developed and managed by HST on behalf of the Department of Health, the five Health and Social Care (NHS) Trusts and Northern Ireland’s Ambulance Service alongside Balmoral Healthcare, a nursing agency based in Northern Ireland.