Publication of “Quarterly Carers’ Statistics for Northern Ireland (October – December 2018)

Date published: 17 April 2019

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

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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 their caring duties.

Key Facts and Figures:

During quarter ending 31 December 2018:

Carers Assessments

  • A carer’s assessment was offered to 4,560 carers in Northern Ireland during the quarter ending 31 December 2018. This represented a 4% (168) increase on the number of assessments offered in the previous quarter (4,392), and an increase of 19% (720) when compared to the same quarter in 2017 (3,840)
  • Of the 4,560 carers’ assessments offered, 47% (2,123) were accepted / completed and 53% (2,437) were declined
  • Those carers caring for someone in the Family and Childcare / Children with Disabilities  client group were the most likely to accept an offer of an assessment, whereas those caring for someone in the Mental Health client group were most likely to decline an offer of an assessment.

Carers Reassessments

  • A carer’s reassessment was offered to 1,077 carers in Northern Ireland. This represented a 7% (74) increase on the previous quarter (1,003) and an increase of 48% (347) from the same quarter in 2017 (730).
  • Of the 1,077 carers’ reassessments offered, 7% (827) were accepted / completed and 23% (250) were declined.

Notes to editors: 

  1. This information was collated by Community Information Branch within the Department of Health.
  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 2019 are due for release in July 2019.
  5. This publication is available on the Department's website
  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


  7. For media enquiries please contact the DoH Press Office team on 028 9052 0575 or email Out of office hours please contact the Duty Press Officer on 028 9037 8110. Follow us on Twitter @healthdpt.

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