Publication of “Quarterly Carers’ Statistics for Northern Ireland (January – March 2018)

Date published: 07 June 2018

The Department of Health (DoH) has today published “Quarterly Carers’ Statistics for Northern Ireland (January – March 2018)”.

Quarterly Carers' Statistics for NI Jan-Mar 2018

This publication of quarterly figures relates to assessments and re-assessments offered to carers in Northern 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 March 2018:

Carers Assessments

  • A carer’s assessment was offered to 3,891 carers in Northern Ireland during the quarter ending 31 March 2018. This represented a 1% (51) increase on the number of assessments offered in the previous quarter (3,840), and an increase of 15% (501) when compared to the same quarter in 2017 (3,390)
  • Of the 3,891 carers’ assessments offered, 48% (1,859) were accepted / completed and 52% (2,032) were declined.
  • Those carers caring for someone in the Family & Child Care and Children with Disabilities  client groups were the most likely to accept an offer of an assessment, whereas all those caring for someone in the Children and Adolescent Mental Health Service (CAMHS) client group declined an offer of an assessment.

Carers Reassessments

  • A carer’s reassessment was offered to 644 carers in Northern Ireland. This represented a 12% (86) decrease on the previous quarter (730) and an increase of 29% (146) from the same quarter in 2017 (498).
  • Of the 644 carers’ reassessments offered, 74% (474) were accepted / completed and 26% (170) were declined.

Notes to editors: 

  1. This information was collated by Community Information Branch within 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 3 June 2018 are due for release on 6 September 2018.
  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 3SQ

    Tel:     (028) 9052 8134


    Internet: Department of Health
  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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