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Publication of ‘Carers’ Statistics for Northern Ireland (quarter ending 31 March 2013)’

The Department of Health, Social Services and Public Safety has today published ‘Carers’ Statistics for Northern Ireland (quarter ending 31 March 2013)’.
Friday, 21 June 2013

This is the eighth reporting of quarterly figures relating to Carers’ Statistics in Northern Ireland.

Key Facts and Figures:

Carers’ Assessments Completed

1. During quarter ending 31 March 2013, 1,353 Carers’ Assessments were completed, an increase of 25% on the previous quarter (1,081); and 1,342 Carers’ Assessments were declined, a 5% decrease on the previous quarter (1,411);

2. Half (50%) of Carers’ Assessments offered during the quarter were declined; 7 percentage points less than in the previous quarter.

3. Of the 1,353 completed assessments, 95% (1,291) related to adult carers and 5% (62) to young carers under 18 years;

4. All young carers with completed Assessments were aged 16-17, and of the 1,291 adult carers, 71% were aged 18-64, 18% were aged 65 - 74, and 11% were aged 75 and above;

5. In the quarter ending 31 March 2013, 29% of young carers assessed were caring for other children with 71% caring for adults;

6. Of the adult carers with completed assessments, 17% were caring for children and 83% were caring for adults;

7. Of those cared for, the largest proportion in each Trust were in the Elderly POC. This ranged from 33% in the Belfast Trust to 54% in the Western Trust;

Carers’ Assessments Declined

8. Across all HSC Trusts 1,342 carers declined an offer of assessment during the quarter ending 31 March 2013, ranging from 9% in the Belfast Trust to 35% in the South Eastern Trust;

9. Older adult carers were more likely to decline an assessment than younger adult carers, with 62% aged 65 and older declining an assessment, compared with 44% aged 18-64; of the 619 adults aged 65 and over declining assessments, 249 (40%) were 75 and over;

10. When carers were asked about the main reason for declining an assessment, 42% reported they do not need any support or additional support, 17% that it was not a suitable time for assessment, 13% did not view themselves as a carer, 9% did not feel that it would be beneficial, 7% wanted their issues as a carer to remain private, 4% had ‘Other’ reasons, 1% were concerned about an impact on their benefits and 7% gave no reason for declining an assessment;

Reviews, Reassessments and Declined Reassessments

11. During quarter ending 31 March 2013, 587 Carers’ Reviews were completed, an increase of 10% on quarter ending 31 December 2012 (533);

12. Across Northern Ireland, the Belfast and South Eastern Trusts completed the least number of reviews, while the Northern Trust completed the most;

13. For the same quarter, 169 Carers’ Reassessments were completed, of these 76% were by carers of adults and 24% by carers of children;

14. Of completed Carers’ Reassessments 29% were within the Northern Trust, 23% each were in both the Belfast and South Eastern Trust, 15% were in the Western Trust and 10% were in the Southern Trust;

15. During the quarter, 142 reassessments were declined, with 96% of those declining caring for adults, and 4% caring for children;

16. The most common reason for declining a reassessment was that the carer felt that they did not need any support or additional support, which accounted for 36%, 24% felt that it was not a suitable time for an assessment, 11% felt that previous assessments had not been beneficial with the same figure not believing a reassessment would result in additional support and 6% gave no reason.

Notes to editors:

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

2. This Bulletin is the eighth quarterly reporting of Carers’ Statistics for Northern Ireland.

3. Statistics detailed within the bulletin include carers’ assessments and reassessments; declined assessments and reassessments, reviews and reasons assessments and reassessments were declined by carers. Analyses are presented regionally and by HSC Trusts.

4. Similar statistics for the quarter ending 30 June 2013 are due for publication on 19 September 2013.

5. This publication is available online

6. Further information is available from:

Community Information Branch
Department of Health, Social Services and Public Safety
Room 11, Annexe 2,
Castle Buildings,
Stormont Belfast BT4 3SP
Tel: (028) 90 520599
Fax: (028) 90 523288
E-mail: cib@dhsspsni.gov.uk
Internet: Department of Health, Social Services and Public Safety

7. Press enquiries to the DHSSPS Press Office on 028 905 20074. Out of office hours please contact the Duty Press Officer via pager number 07699 715 440 and your call will be returned.