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Organisation and management

Organisation chart and description of departments. The new structure comes into effect on 1 April 2024.

New organisation from 1 April

Overview of management and divisions of the Directorate of Health from 1 April.

  • Director General of Health and Chief Medical Officer: Bjørn Guldvog
  • Deputy Directors General: Mariann Hornnes, Olav Valen Slåttebrekk and Espen Rostrup Nakstad
  • Public Health and Prevention Division: Linda Granlund
  • Primary Healthcare Services and Emergency Preparedness Division: Helen Brandstorp
  • Specialised Healthcare Services Division: Position will be advertised
  • Digital Transformation Division: Lucie Aunan
  • Methods and Information Management Division: Bente Andersen Sundlo
  • Analysis, IT and Communications Division: Jan Arild Lyngstad
  • Legal Affairs Division: Anne Louise Valle
  • Health Economics and Healthcare Professionals Division: Sissel Husøy
  • Corporate Governance and Organisational Development Division: Nina Aulie

The names of divisions and departments may change between now and 1 April.

Norwegian Directorate of Health – Departments until 1 April

Until the new organisational structure comes into effect on 1 April, the Health Directorate will retain its previous configuration.

Director General of Health and Chief Medical Officer Bjørn Guldvog

Deputy Director General Olav Valen Slåttebrekk

Deputy Director General Espen Rostrup Nakstad

Prevention and Public Health Division

Division Director: Linda Granlund

Departments and Department Directors:

  • Environmental Health: Erlend Bø (acting)
  • Child and Adolescent Health: Ellen Margrethe Carlsen
  • Mental Health and Substance Abuse: Jakob Linhave
  • Non-Communicable Diseases: May Cecilie Lossius (acting)
  • Social Determinants of Health: Øyvind Giæver
  • Technical Director: Astrid Nylenna

Quality and Critical Pathways Division

Division Director: Helga Katharina Haug (acting)

Departments and Department Directors:

  • Guidelines and Professional Development: Morten Græsli
  • Technology Enabled Care and Rehabilitation: Bjørnar Alexander Andreassen (acting)
  • Quality Improvement and Patient Safety: Kari Annette Os (acting)
  • Primary Health Care Services: Liv Heidi Brattås Remo (acting)
  • Specialised Health Care Services: Torunn Janbu

Health Economics and Accreditation Division

Division Director: Sissel Husøy

Departments and Department Directors:

  • Financial Allocations: Eva Wensaas
  • Medical Reimbursement: Steinar Mathisen
  • Grants: Elise Husum
  • Authorisations: Anne Farseth
  • Specialists Licencing: Randi Moen Forfang

Health Intelligence and Policy Division

Division Director: Helen Brandstorp

Departments and Department Directors:

  • Global Health and Health Intelligence: Erlend Tuseth Aasheim
  • Analysis and Performance Assessments: Lars Rønningen
  • Communication: Astrid Marie Bjerkås (acting)
  • Emergency Preparedness: Steinar Olsen
  • Health Law and Biotechnology: Wenche Dahl Elde
  • Health Legislation and Judicial Proceedings: Dag Erlend Reite

Data Protection Officers and Technical Directors:

  • Data Protection Officer: Caroline Ringstad Schultz
  • Technical Director, Analysis: Beate Margrethe Huseby
  • Technical Director, Legal: Anne Louise Valle

Digitalisation and Health Registries Division

Division Director: Jan Arild Lyngstad

Departments and Department Directors:

  • Project management and Service Design: Morten Fronth-Andersen
  • Development and Digital Channels: Wenche Snell

Corporate Governance

Director: Nina Aulie

Departments and Department Directors:

  • Finance and Payroll: Nina Heggem
  • HR and Organisational Development: Anita Sylte
  • Planning and Governance: Grete Heen
  • Management Support and In-House Services: Ketil Lundin
  • Security: Vibeke Langeland Pedersen

E-health – Departments until 1 April 2024

Until the new organisation structure takes effect on 1 April, the e-health group is organised as follows:

Deputy Director General: Mariann Hornnes

Medical Director: Jacob Holter Grundt

Department of Corporate Structure: Director of Corporate Structure: Heidi Amundsen

Communications Department: Director of Communications: Stine Camilla Bjerkestrand

Division of Strategy

Division Director: Siv Ingebrigtsen (acting)

Departments and Department Directors:

  • Insights and Road Maps: Anne Greibrokk (acting)
  • Coordination: Norunn Saure

Division of Regulations

Division Director: Birgitte Egset

Departments and Department Directors:

  • Information Security: Jan Gunnar Borch
  • Legal Affairs: Siri Pernille Utkilen
  • Norming: Nina Tranø

Division of Information Management

Division Director: Bente Andersen Sundlo (acting)

Departments and Department Directors:

  • Healthcare Classifications and Terminology: Alfhild Stokke
  • Standards: Georg Fredrik Ranhoff

Division of Service Development

Division Director: Lucie Aunan

Departments and Department Directors:

  • Civil Services: Inger Anette Finrud (acting)
  • Health Workers’ Services: Elin Kindingstad
  • Innovation: Sveinung Tornås

Division of Processes and Methods

Division Director: Bente Andersen Sundlo

Departments and Department Directors:

  • Architecture: Erik Hedlund
  • Analysis: Eline Holljen
  • Process and Project Management: Trine Lind (acting)
  • Cross-cutting functions
  • Internal auditor: Sissel Margrethe Korshavn

Helfo (external agency)

Helfo (The Norwegian Health Economics Administration) is the Directorate of Health’s external agency. Helfo’s mandate is to safeguard users' rights and to provide guidance and information about the national health service to healthcare providers and residents.

Helfo administers around NOK 42 billion annually. The agency’s responsibilities include making payments from the national insurance scheme to healthcare providers, suppliers and service providers, as well as individual refunds of expenses incurred by private individuals relating to medicines and healthcare services at home and abroad.

Helfo has offices in Tønsberg, Fredrikstad, Sola, Ørsta, Mo i Rana and Kirkenes.

Health and Social Services Ombudsman (affiliated agency)

The Health and Social Services Ombudsman is an affiliated agency of the Directorate of Health. The Ombudsman is mandated to safeguard the rights, interests and legal protection of people receiving health and care services, and to contribute to improving the quality of the services provided. The Health and Social Services Ombudsman system is enshrined in law in Chapter 8 of the Patient' and Users Rights Act (lovdata.no).

Press photos

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Først publisert: 16.01.2024 Last revised date: 26.01.2024 See previous versions