Publication of “Quarterly Carers’ Statistics for NI" (October - December 2016)

Date published: 08 March 2017

The Department of Health (DoH) has today published “Quarterly Carers’ Statistics for NI (October - December 2016)”.

Quarterly Carers’ Statistics for Northern Ireland

This publication of quarterly figures relates to assessments and re-assessments offered to carers in the north of Ireland. A carer’s assessment looks at each carer as an individual with their own personal circumstances, and will identify any particular needs they may have as a result.

Key Facts and Figures:

During quarter ending 31 December 2016:

Carers Assessments

  • a carer’s assessment was offered to 3,504 carers during the quarter ending 31 December 2016. A similar number were offered during the quarter ending 30 September 2016 (3,379) with a 9% (292) increase from the same quarter last year (3,212)
  • of the 3,504 carers’ assessments offered, 52% (1,829) were accepted / completed and 48% (1,675) were declined
  • those carers caring for someone in the Family and Child Care client group were the most likely to accept an offer of an assessment, whereas those caring for someone in the CAMHS client group were the least likely to accept an offer of an assessment

Carers Reassessments

  • a carer’s reassessment was offered to 559 carers during the quarter ending 31 December 2016. This represented an increase of 9% (46) from the quarter ending 30 September 2016 (513) and a decrease of 10% (64) from the same quarter last year (623)
  • of the 559 carers’ reassessments offered, 71% (396) were accepted / completed and 29% (163) were declined

Notes to editors: 

1. This information was collated by Community Information Branch within the DoH.

2. A statistical release of carers’ information is published on a quarterly basis.

3. Statistics detailed within the bulletin are presented regionally and by Health and Social Care Trust in respect of carers’ assessments and reassessments that are offered, accepted / completed and declined; and are available by the client group of the person being cared for.

4. Similar statistics relating to the quarter ending 31 March 2017 are due for release on 8 June 2017.

5. This publication is available online.

6. Further information is available from:

Community Information Branch                
Department of Health                                
Room 11
Annexe 2                                                      
Castle Buildings
Belfast BT4 3SP

Tel:     (028) 90 528134

Fax:    (028) 90 523288


7. For media enquiries please contact the DoH Press Office 028 9052 0575 or email Out of hours please contact the Duty Press Officer via pager number 07623 974383 and your call will be returned. Follow us on twitter @healthdpt

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