Publication of “Quarterly Carers’ Statistics for Northern Ireland (July - September 2017)”

Date published: 06 December 2017

The Department of Health (DoH) has today published “Quarterly Carers’ Statistics for Northern Ireland (July - September 2017)”.

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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 30 September 2017:

Carers Assessments

  • A carer’s assessment was offered to 3,501 carers in Northern Ireland during the quarter ending 30 September 2017. This represented a 3% (92) decrease on the number of assessments offered in the previous quarter (3,593), and a similar amount to the same quarter last year (3,484)
  • Of the 3,501 carers’ assessments offered, 51% (1,785) were accepted / completed and 49% (1,716) were declined
  • Those carers caring for someone in the Older People client group were the most likely to accept an offer of an assessment, whereas those caring for someone in the Family & Child Care client group were the least likely to accept an offer of an assessment

Carers Reassessments

  • A carer’s reassessment was offered to 563 carers in Northern Ireland. This represented a 12% (78) decrease on the previous quarter (641) and an increase of 10% (50) from the same quarter last year (513)
  • Of the 563 carers’ reassessments offered, 72% (406) were accepted / completed and 28% (157) 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 December 2017 are due for release on 8 March 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 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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