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The following health & social care policy papers have been prepared and issued by the Age NI Policy team.

Contact the policy team if you have any queries:
Send a message / Tel: 028 9024 5729
Tweet: @ageni_duane Duane Farrell - Director of Policy

2015 Health & Social Care Papers

Final Response to DHSSPS Research Strategy
January 2015

Age NI welcomes the opportunity to respond to the Department’s consultation Research for Better Health and Social Care: A Strategy for Health and Social Care Research and Development in Northern Ireland and look forward to the final strategy which will deliver for older people.

Download: Age NI Response to DHSSPS Research Strategy (PDF 400KB)

2014 Health & Social Care Papers

Final Response to Minimum Care Standards for Nursing Homes
October 2014

Age NI believes that dignity, independence and choice should be at the heart of the provision of nursing home care and the standards should prioritise that these placements are the resident’s home first and foremost.

Taking these standards back to basics they are about looking after another human being in the way that we would like to be cared for when we are older ourselves and need to move into a nursing care setting.

Download: Response to Minimum Care Standards for Nursing Homes (PDF 510KB)

NIHRC Inquiry into Emergency Health Care
October 2014

Age NI welcomes the opportunity to give evidence to this inquiry into emergency health care. Age NI believes that we need to change how health and social care delivers for older people.

Download: Briefing for NIHRC Inquiry - Oct 2014 (PDF 478KB)

Draft Response to Mental Capacity Bill (NI)
August 2014

Age NI welcomes this Bill as it creates a fundamental shift in how personal autonomy is respected. All too often older people have told us that they feel invisible and silenced by professionals.

Download: Mental Capacity Bill - Aug 2014 (PDF 710KB)

The Denial of NHS Continuing Healthcare in NI
May 2014

This report by Age NI outlines how older people in Northern Ireland are being denied access to assessments for NHS funded Continuing Healthcare.

Continuing Healthcare Report (PDF 13MB)
Continuing Healthcare Factsheet (PDF 166KB)

Read more about Continuing Healthcare

Evidence to the HSSPS Committee Members
Transforming Your Care: Enabling Older People to Remain at Home
May 2014

This Evidence Paper provides members of the Health, Social Services and Public Safety Committee with an overview of the key issues for older people and Transforming Your Care (TYC), particularly around enabling older people to remain at home – a central plank of TYC.

Download: Briefing for HSSPS Committee - May 2014 (PDF 485KB)

Making Choices: Meeting the current and future accommodation needs of older people
March 2014

Age NI welcomes the opportunity to respond to Making Choices: Meeting the current and future accommodation needs of older people. We welcomed the direction of TYC as we believe that this is relevant to our call for a fundamental review of social care. As you are aware, Age NI believes that social care is broken and it is now time for reform.

Download: Making Choices - March 2014 (PDF 568KB)

2013 Health & Social Care Papers

Achieving Equality in Health and Social Care for Older People:
Opportunities and Challenges
December 2013

Download: Achieving Equality - Dec 2013 (PDF 180KB)

Final Response to Who Cares?
The Future of Adult Care and Support in Northern Ireland: A Discussion Document
March 2013

Age NI is calling for the fundamental building blocks of reform to be put in place for a radical and comprehensive review of care and support.

Download: Final Response to Who Cares? - March 2013 (PDF 620KB)

Response to Transforming Your Care
January 2013

Age NI welcomes the opportunity to respond to TYC and calls for action as a failure to act over the quality of care will result in care that is inadequate and inconsistent.

We make 37 recommendations across a number of areas and have identified 3 key impact areas – older people and prevention; closure of statutory residential homes and dementia as well as general comment on Integrated Care Partnerships, commissioning and procurement, workforce planning and the role of the Voluntary and Community Sector.

Download: Transforming Your Care - January 2013 (PDF 664KB)

2012 Health & Social Care Papers

Response to Service Framework for Older People
December 2012

Age NI welcomes the opportunity to respond to the draft Service Framework for Older People as setting standards to ensure that services are of a high quality and available to all older people across Northern Ireland has the potential to change the way older people are treated and viewed when receiving health and social care services.

This is particularly relevant at this time when health and social care is undergoing significant change with the proposals from Transforming Your Care (TYC), the recent consultation on the draft public health strategy, Fit and Well and the current work on Who Cares? The Future of Adult Care and Support in NI. Embedding high quality standards at this time of change and upheaval can give older people and their families the confidence that they will be treated with dignity and respect at all times and in all situations.

Download: Service Framework for Older People (PDF 458KB)

Social Care Evidence Reviews
September 2012

Care Transitions Home Closures (PDF 215KB)
Dignity (PDF 321KB)
Outcomes (PDF 336KB)
Personalisation (PDF 288KB)
Prevention (PDF 258KB)
Rights (PDF 297KB)

2011 Health & Social Care Papers

Social Care and Older People
Briefing Paper to the HSC - November 2011 (PDF 499KB)

Social Care in Crisis: Time for Reform
A Message to Party Delegates November 2011 (PDF 2MB)

'Would you eat sandwiches for your tea every night?
Older people's views on social care in Northern Ireland'
July 2011 (PDF 328KB)

Agenda for Later Life 2011:
Priorities for Northern Ireland's Ageing Society (PDF 827KB)

Response to Promoting Good Nutrition:
A Strategy for Good Nutritional Care for Adults in all Care Settings in Northern Ireland
February 2011 (PDF 177KB)

Response to Call for Evidence on the Future Funding of Care and Support
January 2011 (PDF 134KB)


Responses to HSC Audit & Action Plan
March 2011

DHSSPS Audit and Action Plan  (PDF 106KB)
NI Health and Social Care Board Audit and Action Plan (PDF 142KB)  
Belfast HSC Trust Audit and Action Plan (PDF 105KB)
Northern HSC Trust Audit and Action Plan (PDF 148KB)
South Eastern HSC Trust Audit and Action Plan (PDF 149KB)
Southern HSC Trust Audit and Action Plan (PDF 149KB)
Western HSC Trust Audit and Action Plan (PDF 148KB)

2010 Health & Social Care Papers

A Review of the Evidence Base on Older People in NI
Executive Summary - October 2010 (PDF 189 KB)

Response to Improving Dementia Service in Northern Ireland
A Regional Strategy - September 2010 (PDF 178KB)

Dignity, Independence and Choice:
The Provision of Social Care in Northern Ireland
November 2010 (PDF 71KB)

Policy in Practice:
Third Party Contributions to Care Home Costs
August 2010 (PDF 194KB)

Living Matters Dying Matters:
A Palliative and End of Life Care Strategy for Adults in Northern Ireland
April 2010 (PDF 123KB)

Further information

For more information: Call Age NI Advice: 0808 808 7575