Health and Social Services

The Department is responsible for the health and wellbeing of every islander. 

By 2035, there will be sixty-five per cent more people over the age of 65 than there are today, and twice as many people over 85, so Jersey’s income will come from a smaller proportion of working age people. The cost of maintaining standards as our population ages and as more complex treatments become available means we will need to spend more on new drugs and treatments to help people stay well.

Focus for 2017-2019

  1. Maintaining standards in healthcare and keeping people well.
  2. Prioritising independence and providing care in community settings to keep people out of hospital unless really necessary.
  3. Developing new services to support children, mental health and primary care.

Savings & New Revenue

By 2016 the Health and Social Services department will have made savings of £7.5 million . The department is now committed to making a further £5.7 million of recurring savings between 2017 and 2019 by:

  • Reviewing and improving long-term care services
  • Reviewing charges and subsidies
  • Working with the eGov team and Digital Jersey to streamline services through technology
  • Reducing transformation funding by £1 million - delivered through additional efficiency in implementation of services:
2017 - 2019


In addition to growth funding of £7.9 million in 2016, to support our key areas of focus we will be allocating a further £30.8 million of growth between 2017 and 2019 for:

  • Safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children, improving outcomes for the most vulnerable, providing high quality child protection and looked after children services
  • Implementing the Mental Health Strategy
  • Implementing the Sustainable Primary Care strategy
  • Providing more care in people’s homes, to keep Islanders independent for as long as possible
  • Improving quality and reducing cost and ensuring services are appropriate for the newly designed Hospital
  • Supporting a Health and Wellbeing Framework that connects existing health improvement and preventative strategies
  • Updating and improving regulation that relates to health services

The Department will also be able to draw on earmarked funds of £1.65 million from 2017 provided for initiatives to support vulnerable children.

2017 - 2019