Carers are people who, without payment, provide help and support to
a family member or a friend who may not be able to manage without this help because of frailty, illness
or disability. Carers can be adults caring for other adults, parents caring for ill or disabled children
or young people who care for another family member.
One of the Department’s
key objectives is to support people to live independent lives safely in the community and carers enable
many thousands of vulnerable people to do this. It is therefore vital that carers are supported
in their caring role so they can continue to care for as long as they wish and are able to do so.
In recognition of this, the Department published a strategy for carers
in January 2006. “Caring for Carers” was the product of an extensive period of consultation with
carers and their representative organisations. The strategy deals with a range of issues including
health and personal social services, employment, training, education, information and support services.
It is an ongoing piece of work designed to recognise, value and support the role of carers.
As well as practical guidance for the Health and Social Care staff the
Department has produced an A - Z guide for carers in Northern Ireland. This provides advice on
who and where to contact for information, support and services relevant to carers. This and other
guidance can be found on this website.
The Legislation places a responsibility on Health and Social Care Trusts
to inform carers of their right to an assessment of their needs and gives Trusts the power to supply
services directly to carers to help them in their caring role. Each Trust in Northern Ireland
has a nominated carers’ coordinator whose contact details are also available on this website.
- Circular HSS (ECCU) 3/2010 - Carers & Discharge
Guidance (PDF 347 KB)
Guidance reminding Trusts of their obligations with respect
to services for carers, and drawing together all of the published recommendations and requirements for
delivery of the discharge process. The guidance has been developed in 3 parts; and the documents
are attached to this circular. (Published September 2010)
- A Guide for Carers - See Appendix
- A Practical Guide for Staff - See Appendix 2
- A Guide for Managers and Policy Makers- See Appendix 3
- Guidance for Certifiers - Carer's Credit Regulations
(PDF 32 KB)
A Care Certificate is required when an application
is made for Carer’s Credit but the person(s) being cared for is not in receipt of one of the qualifying
benefits. These are the middle or highest rate of the care component of Disability Living Allowance
or any rate of Attendance Allowance or Constant Attendance Allowance. (Published April
- Revised A-Z for Carers (PDF 1.8
This is a guide for informal carers in Northern Ireland.
advice on who and where to contact for information, support and services relevant to carers (Revised
version published March 2010)
- Review of the support provision for carers (PDF
This report contains the findings of the review of support provision for
carers undertaken by the Department for Social Development and the Department of Health, Social Services
and Public Safety. The purpose of the review was to examine the support for carers following on from
the review of the National Carers’ Strategy in Britain. (Published September 2009)
HSC Trust Carer Co-ordinators