The South Eastern Trust would like to take the views of service users, clients, carers, patients, staff and the general public to inform the decisions we make.

Current Consultations

Consultation on Regional and Local Action Based Plans and Disability Action Plans 2017 -2022

The Trust is working with its fellow Health and Social Care Trusts to carry out a 12 week consultation on Regional and Local Action Based Plans and Disability Action Plans 2017-2022.
These draft plans have been shaped and developed by input from a range of our stakeholders during our pre-consultation and engagement work. The consultation period began on Monday 7th August and will close on 7th November 2017.


Would you like to respond to this Consultation?

Please take the time to respond to our draft plans to ensure that we have got our plans right and that the measures identified will help make a positive impact on the lives of our patients, service users, staff and carers by tackling inequalities over the next 5 year period.

We are using Citizenspace, an online consultation software package to engage with everyone and hope that this goes some way to simplifying the process of responding to consultation.

Please click HERE to access the consultation.

We recognise that some people may prefer to engage in a different way. This may be through the use of easy read or other alternative formats, or by meeting with us face to face. Please let us know how you wish to respond and we will work to ensure that we can facilitate this.

If you require further information or the documents in alternative formats please contact:

Julie-Anne Eccles
Equality and Human Rights Department
South Eastern Health and Social Care Trust
2nd Floor, Lough House
Ards Community Hospital
Newtownards BT23 4AS

Tel: (028) 9151 2169


Closed Consultations & Feedback Reports

2017/2018 Financial Planning - Savings Plan

The Health and Social Care (HSC) system has been working collaboratively to address the significant financial pressures facing health and social care in 2017/18 in order to meet the statutory requirement of achieving a balanced financial plan across the HSC. Trusts have been tasked by the Department of Health (DoH) with developing draft savings plans to deliver their share of a total of £70m of savings in 2017/18. These plans are now available for consultation, which will be open until 5 October 2017.

The consultation document in full, including initial screening outcome, is available by clicking here

Online Consultation Questionnaire - please click here to complete

Consultation Questionnaire (Word version) - please click here to complete

Frequently asked questions can be accessed by clicking here

Guidance on withdrawal or changes to services is available by clicking here

Planning how we spend our money - 2017/18 Financial Planning & Savings Plan (Easy Read Version) - click here

Consultation Outcome Report - please click here to view

Making Choices  - Proposed Changes in the Provision of Statutory Residential Care for Older People in the South Eastern Health and Social Care Trust

The Trust currently has one statutory residential care home for frail elderly people, Northfield House, in Donaghadee, with three permanent residents. In consideration of the wide range of alternative services that have been developed locally to help support older people with their health and social care needs, the Trust consulted with the local population on the proposed changes to the provision of statutory residential care in the future. The consultation process commenced on 28 September 2015 and ran until 21 December 2015.

In November 2015, Trusts were asked to pause any decision-making on the future of statutory residential care, so no decision will be made at this time. However, comments made during the consultation process will be considered carefully.

For further information, please contact Elaine Campbell, Corporate Planning and Consultation Manager, on telephone (028) 9055 0434, textphone (028) 9151 0137 or email:

Making Choices Consultation Document

Appendix 1 – Making Choices: Meeting the Current and Future Accommodation Needs of Older People in the Ards Locality within the South Eastern Health and Social Care Trust, January 2015

Appendix 2 – Local Commissioning Group Statutory Residential Homes Local Needs Assessment, Autumn 2014

Appendix 3 – Equality Impact Assessment (EQIA) (includes a questionnaire to respond)

Appendix 4 – Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

Consultation on Intermediate Care

At the Public Trust Board meeting on 24 June 2015, the Trust Board approved the recommendation that the revised model of intermediate care beds will be:

• 29 Consultant led fracture rehabilitation beds
• 22 Independent Provider Beds with GP Medical support
• 20 Consultant led beds in Ards Hospital
• 14 Beds in Northfield House with GP GMS Medical Support.
• Up to 20 additional spot purchased beds on a temporary basis when demand requires.

Following Trust Board approval of the recommendation for the revised model of intermediate care, the Trust will now seek Ministerial endorsement through the Health and Social Care Board (HSCB) and the Department of Health, Social Services and Public Safety (DHSSPS) to proceed with the implementation of this proposal.

The Trust has produced a feedback summary which highlights the main issues raised during the consultation. The Trust Board proposal is also available in the links below.

Review of Intermediate Care Feedback Summary
Trust Board Proposal

Letter from Chief Executive
Consultation Document
Appendix 2 - Consultation Questionnaire
Appendix 3 - Option Appraisal

Consultation on Traffic Management Proposals

At the Public Trust Board meeting on 24 June 2015, the Trust Board approved the recommendation that

the Trust should extend existing Traffic Management controls including implementing parking charges to all users of car parking facilities on the Ards, Down/Downshire and Lagan Valley Hospital sites, with concessions / mitigation to some users, and on some sites.

Service User Charges are recommended as follows:

• Lagan Valley Hospital – Charge as per Ulster
• Ards – Public Free first 30 minutes in Old Mill Surgery parking zone, £1 up to an hour then as per Ulster Hospital Rates
• Downe – Public Free first two hours.
• Downshire – as per Downe plus free parking outside normal business hours
The Trust recommends a phased approach to the extension of car parking charges across the Ards, Lagan Valley Hospital and Downe/Downshire sites. This will reflect current and projected demand, parking capacity, and availability to capital to provide the necessary infrastructure.

The Trust has produced a feedback summary which highlights the main issues raised during the consultation which can be viewed below:

Feedback Summary - Traffic Management

For further information, or to register your attendance at a public meeting, please contact Tania Gibson, Tel: (028) 9055 0434, Textphone (028) 9151 0137 or email:

Letter from Chief Executive
Consultation Document
• Feedback Questionnaire 

Consultation on Draft Disability Action Plan and Action Based Plan

Regional Letter to Consultees
Draft Disability Action Plan
Draft Trust Equality Scheme Section 75 Action Based Plan (May 2014 - Apr 2017) 

Location of Single Acute Mental Health Inpatient Unit - January 2013

Location of Single Acute Mental Health In-patient Unit

Public Consultation on the Proposed Closure of Ravara House EPH - September 2012

Public Consultation on the Proposed Closure of Ravara House EPH 


For more information, please contact:

Elaine Campbell
Corporate Planning and Consultation Manager

Telephone: (028) 9055 0434