In 2016 the Department of Health established an Expert Advisory Panel to support its work in developing proposals for reform to the adult care and support system. Last week they announced the publication of the report Power to People: Proposals to reboot adult care and support in NI.  The report made 16 proposals, including raising the profile of social care, increased emphasis on giving control to service users and supporting family carers and building on existing supports within communities.  Des Kelly OBE, Expert Panel Member said: “Our report sets out a package of reforms which we believe are necessary to ensure Northern Ireland’s future care and support system is sustainable and focused on outcomes.”

Commenting on the report Philomena McCrory, CILNI Chief Executive said “ Throughout this report, there is a clear emphasis on a person-centred, human rights approach that places the individual citizen at the heart of any system of adult care and support. We are pleased to see the recognition of the value of self-directed support as an effective way to achieve better outcomes for citizens; the key proposal that models of self-directed support becomes the norm in order to empower citizens with effective demand (Proposal Two); and the identification of the need to invest in the development and expansion of SDS. Building on our experience over the past 15 years, CILNI looks forward to working with all concerned for a positive way forward to promote choice control and independence.”

The panel’s report is available online.