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Statistics on Community Care for Adults in Northern Ireland published 2011-12

The Department of Health, Social Services and Public Safety today published the Statistics on Community Care for Adults in Northern Ireland 2011-2012 statistical bulletin.
Friday, 21 December 2012

The publication reports on activity data analysed by Programme of Care (POC) and HSC Trust. It also includes trend data over the past five years.

Key facts and figures

Contacts with HSC Trusts

  • Between 1 April 2011 and 31 March 2012, 41,534 persons had face-to-face contact with a social worker, or other member of statutory social services staff, a 13% decrease from the same period last year.
  • A third of all contacts with HSC Trusts were in the Mental Health POC and approximately a fifth of all contacts were by persons in each of the Elderly Care, Learning Disability and Physical & Sensory Disability POC’s.
  • Between 1 April 2011 and 31 March 2012, of those persons who had face to face contact with a HSC Trust and whose age was known, 10,496 (25%) were aged 65 and over.

Care Packages

  • At 30 June 2012, of the 11,632 care packages in effect in Northern Ireland, approximately two thirds (66%) were nursing home care packages and one third (34%) were residential care packages. These proportions have remained unchanged since 30 June 2011.
  • The proportion of residential and nursing home care packages in effect by POC has remained relatively constant from 30 June 2007 to 30 June 2012, with the vast majority (79%) of care packages in effect in the Elderly Care POC (approximately 9,500).
  • Approximately four fifths (83%) of residential and nursing home care packages were provided by the private sector. The voluntary sector provided a much smaller proportion of residential and nursing home care packages (10%), whilst the statutory sector provided only residential care packages (8%).

Meals on Wheels

  • At 31 March 2012, 3,997 persons were in receipt of meals on wheels services. This was 268 (6%) less than the number in receipt at the end of the previous year and 1,778 (31%) less than the number in receipt five years ago.
  • At 31 March 2012, of those persons whose age was known, almost nine in ten (89%) receiving a meals on wheels service were aged 65 and over.

Residential & Nursing Accommodation

  • At 30 June 2012, there were 5,491 available places in residential accommodation. This comprised 4,659 places in 230 residential homes and 832 residential places in nursing homes. This was an 8% decrease in the number of residential care places available since 30 June 2011.
  • At 30 June 2012, there were 10,876 available places in nursing accommodation. This comprised 6,729 places in 166 nursing homes and 4,147 nursing care beds in 101 dual registered homes. This was an 11% increase in the number of nursing home care beds available since 30 June 2011.
  • Over the last five years, there has been a significantly higher number of average available places in residential accommodation for those persons aged 65 and over (3,598 – note, this figure does not include places in private and dual registered homes in the Northern HSC Trust) than for those persons who are mentally ill, have a learning disability or a physical or sensory disability (377, 551 and 18 respectively).
  • At 30 June 2012, almost all (99%) places available in statutory care homes in Northern Ireland were residential places.
  • Almost seven in 10 (68%) places in independent care homes in Northern Ireland were nursing care places.

Day Care Facilities

  • At 31 March 2012, there were 8,140 persons registered at statutory day care facilities in Northern Ireland, a 6% decrease from the same period last year.
  • Almost two fifths (39%) of persons registered at statutory day care facilities had a learning disability while almost one tenth (9%) had a physical or sensory disability.
  • At 31 March 2012, almost three quarters (73%) of all registrations at statutory day care facilities were in Day Centres.

Notes to editors:

1. This publication is available online

2. About the data

  • Figures incorporate all returns and amendments received from HSC Trusts up to 31 July 2012.

3. This statistical bulletin was produced by Community Information Branch, DHSSPS. Further information is available from:

Community Information Branch,
Department of Health, Social Services and Public Safety,
Annexe 2, Castle Buildings,
Stormont, BT4 3SQ
Telephone: 02890 522493
E-mail: CIB@dhsspsni.gov.uk
Internet: http://www.dhsspsni.gov.uk/index/stats_research/stats-cib-3/statistics_and_research-cib-pub.htm

4. Media queries to DHSSPS Press Office on 028 9052 0074, or out of office hours contact the Duty Press Officer via pager number 076 9971 5440 and your call will be returned.