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Statistics on Community Care for Adults in Northern Ireland 2012- 2013 published

The Department of Health, Social Services and Public Safety today published the 'Statistics on Community Care for Adults in Northern Ireland 2012-2013' statistical bulletin.
Friday, 13 December 2013

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 2012 and 31 March 2013, 42,310 persons were in contact with HSC Trusts, a 2% increase from the same period last year.
  • Approximately a third of all contacts with HSC Trusts were by persons in the Mental Health POC (34%) and approximately a fifth of all contacts were by persons in each of the Elderly Care (20%), Learning Disability (22%) and Physical & Sensory Disability (22%) POC’s.
  • Of those persons who had face to face contact with a HSC Trust and whose age was known, 12,162 (31%) were aged 65 and over.

Care Packages in Effect

  • At 30 June 2013, of the 12,372 care packages in effect in Northern Ireland, approximately two thirds (68%) were nursing home care packages and just under one third (32%) were residential care packages. These proportions are similar to those at 30 June 2012.
  • The proportion of residential and nursing home care packages in effect by POC has remained relatively constant from 30 June 2007 to 30 June 2013, with the vast majority (79%) of care packages in effect in the Elderly Care POC (approximately 9,800).
  • Over four fifths (85%) 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 (6%).

Meals on Wheels

  • At 31 March 2013, 3,066 persons were in receipt of meals on wheels services. This was 203 (6%) less than the number in receipt at the end of the previous year and 2,105 (41%) less than the number in receipt five years ago.
  • At 31 March 2013, over nine in ten (92%) persons receiving a meals on wheels service were aged 65 and over (16% were aged 65-74, 37% were aged 75-84, 39% were aged 85 & Over).
  • At 31 March 2013, the highest proportion (39%) of persons receiving a meals on wheels service were aged 85 & Over.

Residential & Nursing Accommodation

  • At 30 June 2013, there were 5,347 residential places available. This comprised 4,399 places in 218 residential homes and 948 residential places in nursing homes. This was a 3% decrease in the number of residential care places available at 30 June 2012.
  • At 30 June 2013, there were 10,872 available nursing care beds. This comprised 6,462 beds in 162 nursing homes and 4,410 nursing care beds in 106 dual registered homes. This was a very small decrease in the number of nursing home care beds available at 30 June 2012 (<1%).
  • Over the last 5 years, there has been a significantly higher number of average available places in residential accommodation for those persons aged 65 and over than for those persons who are mentally ill, have a learning disability or a physical or sensory disability. At 31 March 2013, there were 2,862 places for those aged 65 and over (note, this figure does not include places in private and dual registered homes in the Northern HSC Trust) and 331, 665 and 18 places respectively for those persons who were mentally ill, had a learning disability or a physical or sensory disability.
  • At 30 June 2013, almost all (99%) places available in the statutory sector in Northern Ireland were residential places.
  • At 30 June 2013, there were twice as many nursing care beds than residential places in Northern Ireland (10,872 compared to 5,347).

Day Care Facilities

  • At 31 March 2013, there were 7,917 persons registered at statutory day care facilities in Northern Ireland, a 2% decrease from the same period last year.
  • Over two fifths (41%) of persons registered at statutory day care facilities had a learning disability while almost a tenth (9%) had a physical or sensory disability.
  • At 31 March 2013, almost three quarters (72%) 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 22 October 2013.

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 522804

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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.