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Local carers encouraged to share their views

Around 214,000 people in Northern Ireland are unpaid carers, and that unpaid care adds up to £4.4 billion every year. The Patient and Client Council is encouraging carers of people with mental illness and learning disabilities to have their voice heard on carers’ assessments.

Carers have told the Patient and Client Council that while looking after someone with a mental illness or learning disability is undoubtedly challenging, it’s also a very worthwhile and fulfilling role, and one which requires support from others.


Local Personal and Public Involvement Team member Scott Colhoun with Nigel Warburton, Project Co-Ordinator encouraging people across Northern Ireland to share their experience of having a carer’s assessment.

Project Co-Ordinator, Nigel Warburton explains

“Every carer is entitled to a carer’s support and needs assessment through their local Health and Social Care Trust.  A carer’s assessment looks at the needs of the carer, not the person they care for.  It should assess what support services can be provided to help them fulfil their caring role.  We want to understand the experience of having a carer’s assessment and the impact of that assessment”.

If you are a carer or know someone who is, and would like to take part in a confidential, one-to-one telephone interview, call Nigel on 07789554083 or email

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