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Public Consultation: Stage One – Future provision of Statutory Residential Care for Older People


Public Consultation: Stage One – Future provision of Statutory Residential Care Homes for Older People

The Health and Social Care Board today approved the stage one consultation document on proposed criteria to assess statutory residential care homes in the future.

This is the first of a two stage consultation process which was announced on 21 August 2013.

The consultation document entitled, ‘Making Choices: Meeting the current and future accommodation needs of older people’ outlines four criteria to be used as the basis for assessing the future role and function of statutory residential care. The criteria are designed to be used by Trusts to assist decision making about the role of statutory provision in the context of planning suitable services for older people in the future. The proposed criteria are as follows:

1. Availability and accessibility of alternative services – this is about assessing the suitability of current and proposed service developments or redesign of services to meet individual needs including alternatives to residential care.

2. Quality of Care – assessing the quality of care in each residential care home against standards.

3. Care Trends – this relates to assessing the past and current need for residential care. This includes changing patterns of demand not just for residential care.

4. Best use of public money – assessing whether we are making the best use of funding to provide as much care as we need at a reasonable cost, and making sure that standards of care remain high.

The consultation document will be formally launched tomorrow, Friday 29th November 2013. Consultation documentation will be available to download from 3pm at: http://www.hscboard.hscni.net/consult/index.html

No final decisions on any individual home have been made and will not be made until both stages of consultation have been completed.