Publication of “Quarterly Carers’ Statistics for Northern Ireland (October – December 2017)”.

Date published: 28 March 2018

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

Quarterly Carers' Statistics for NI Oct-Dec 2017

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 December 2017 (P):

Carers Assessments

A carer’s assessment was offered to 3,870 carers in Northern Ireland during the quarter ending 31 December 2017. This represented a 11% (369) increase on the number of assessments offered in the previous quarter (3,501), and an increase of 10% (366) when compared to the same quarter in 2016 (3,504).

Of the 3,870 carers’ assessments offered, 51% (1,980) were accepted / completed and 49% (1,890) 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 744 carers in Northern Ireland. This represented a 32% (181) increase on the previous quarter (563) and an increase of 33% (185) from the same quarter in 2016 (559).

Of the 744 carers’ reassessments offered, 77% (570) were accepted / completed and 23% (174) were declined.

(P) – Provisional. Information for quarter ending December 2017 in the Western HSC Trust is based on figures for quarter ending September 2017 as a result of reporting issues within the Trust. Consequently, all figures relating to the Western HSC Trust, and therefore Northern Ireland figures, are provisional and subject to change.

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 2018 are due for release on 7 June 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
    Telephone: (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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