Recognising Wital Role Of Carers

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Health and Social Services Minister, Michael McGimpsey has paid tribute to carers, and stated that their needs must be recognised in order to provide better community care services.

Approving the publication of 'Promoting Partnerships in Caring', the Overview Report of the Inspection of Social Care Support Services for Carers of Older People, the Minister said: "Carers are the backbone of community care. They have to become more central to the business of health and social care.

"Carers have to be true partners in the commissioning, planning, delivery and review of services designed to support the caring role and the people they care for."

Mr McGimpsey added that services to support carers should optimise choice, promote independence and ensure fairness and equity.

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He said: "Ensuring that service providers make practical support for carers a high priority remains a central objective of my Department's community care policy."

The Minister pointed to the need to continue to promote Carer's Assessments and Direct Payments to encourage people to shape their own services and support and those of their loved ones and to work with carers at all levels to develop innovative practice and services to meet their needs.

The Minister added: "This report and its associated standards will take their place alongside other initiatives promoted by my Department to provide a comprehensive framework so that, in partnership with carers, we can continue to develop services that are flexible, responsive and of the highest possible quality.

"The messages from this report must be heard; lessons learned, and all the recommendations fully and consistently implemented."

Source: Northern Ireland Health Department

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