People First: Community Care in Northern Ireland

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People First: Community Care in Northern Ireland in the 1990’s' is the current public policy framework for the provision of social care. It was a response to developments in Great Britain around community care.

Under People First, the provision of high quality community care services should be to, 'identify and assess individuals need, taking account of personal preferences and design packages of care best suited to enabling the consumer to live as normal a life as possible'.

A number of principles were developed to underpin departmental policy on community care:

  • Respond flexibility and sensitively
  • Treat clients with dignity and respect
  • Focus on enabling people to live at home
  • Intervene no more than necessary
  • Encourage and equip clients to play an active part
  • Concentrate on those people whose needs are greatest

Launched in 1993, People First continues to underpin the provision of community care in Northern Ireland in 2011.

There have been a number of other reports that are significant not only in relation to the reform of social care but health care generally in Northern Ireland over the years:

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