On 30 September, Law Centre (NI) and Age NI held a joint roundtable event to examine the Report on the Commission of Funding of Care and Support (the Dilnot Review) and to launch the debate on the funding of long term care in Northern Ireland.
The Commission on Funding of Care and Support was an independent body tasked by government with reviewing the funding system for care and support in England. Dame Jo Williams, one of the Dilnot Review Commissioners, spoke at the event. She outlined the work of the Review and its advice and recommendations on how to reform the system in England.
Eugene Rooney, Director of Primary and Community Care, DHSSPS gave an update on DHSSPS’s work to consider the future direction of long term care in Northern Ireland. He advised that work has begun on a process to review the current social care system and to establish the strategic direction of reform.
There were also interventions from Carers NI, Age NI and Mencap.
The roundtable discussion made it clear that, in light of the current review of Health and Social Care in Northern Ireland and the potential implications of the Dilnot Review recommendations, this is a key time for the debate to begin in earnest here.
The Dilnot Review provides a valuable template but this is just the beginning of the debate on the future of long term care in Northern Ireland.