Can We Trust the Trusts?

Can We Trust the Trusts?

Cuts to Vital Services for Frail and Older People

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Health Trusts across Northern Ireland are undermining government policy by cutting funding to vital services for vulnerable and older people.

  • The Government’s Transforming Your Care programme aims to ensure more people are cared for in their own homes, rather than in hospitals and care homes.
  • Such measures clearly lead to a huge increase in the importance of domiciliary care, the range of services that ensure people can stay in their homes, as opposed to a hospital or residential home.
  • Yet just as government is implementing the new strategy, the Trusts are cutting back on access to domiciliary care for those who need it, shortening visiting times, and driving providers to the brink by cutting their rates to unsustainable levels.
  • Urgent action from government is needed to halt the Trusts’ cutbacks, which are pulling the rug from under policy by forcing vulnerable people into care or hospitals – amidst dropping budgets – when, with help and support, they could lead independent lives at home.


The IHCP and UKHCA is calling for an urgent independent evaluation of the value for money provided by domiciliary care – action that is necessary to prevent disaster in our health care system.

Congratulations to all our finalists and winners from our N. Ireland Independent Care Awards evening which took place on Thursday 17th October at the Malone Lodge Hotel, Belfast.

A wonderful night was had by all.  Please find below the list of finalists and winners:

Flourishing Award

Harry Reid, Hutchinson Care Homes- Winner

Marie McCartney, Macklin Group – Highly Commended

Dr. Fred Wright, Belfast Central Mission – Highly Commended

Backbone Award

Lucy McCreery, Domestic Care Group - Joint Winner

Gillian Masson, Healthcare Ireland Group -Joint Winner

Lisa Steele, Hutchinson Care Homes

Andrew McQuillen, Belfast Central Mission

Care Team – Residential Housing with Care Award

Strand Residential Unit, Priory Group - Winner

Aaron House , Presbyterian Church in Ireland/Council for Social Witness

Burleigh Hill House, MD Healthcare

Rosevale Lodge, Four Seasons Healthcare

Nursing Award

Laura Campbell, Macklin Group - Winner

Josette Fernandez, Four Seasons Healthcare

Brenda Service, Wilson Group

Care Team – Nursing Home Award

Larne Care Centre, Wilson Group - Winner

Nursing Care Team, Castleview Private Nursing Home

Domnall Intermediate Care, Four Seasons Healthcare

Specialist Practice Award

Laura Ferguson, Four Seasons Healthcare - Winner

Laura Paterson Spa Nursing Homes Ltd

Mary Stevenson, Healthcare Ireland Group

Care Team – Domiciliary and Care at Home Award

Newtownabbey Team, Homecare Independent Living - Winner

Ards Peninsula Locality Support Team, Optimum Care

Rapid Response Team, Connected Health Ltd

Innovation Award

Ryan Williams, Connected Health Ltd - Winner

Recovery Star Model, Four Seasons Healthcare

Jacqui Corscadden, Age N.I.

Leadership Award

Kathie Stevenson, Beechvale Nursing Home - Winner

Kayleigh Hunniford, Priory Adult Care

Louise McConville, Radius Housing Association


Team Spirit Award

Burleigh Hill House, MD Healthcare - Winner