Dr Subhajit Basu co-investigator on study which informs adult social care reform in Northern Ireland
Research recommendations from a study completed in 2015 by Queen's University Belfast have been incorporated into the current proposals for adult social care reform in Northern Ireland.
The study was completed by School of Social Sciences, Education and Social Work (SSESW) colleagues Professor Joe Duffy and Professor Gavin Davidson at Queen's University Belfast, along with Dr Subhajit Basu (University of Leeds) and Professor Katherine Pearson (Penn State University).
The findings have been incorporated into the current proposals for adult social care reform in Northern Ireland, which were launched for consultation on 26 January 2022 by Robin Swann, the Minister for Health.
The original research ‘Review of Legislation and Policy Guidance Relating to Adult Social Care’, conducted for the Commissioner for Older People in Northern Ireland, was tasked with producing recommendations on legislation and policy relating to adult social care in Northern Ireland.
The research reviewed best practice internationally in these areas and their recommendations included legal reform to adult social care in Northern Ireland and the introduction of a Preventive/Support Visit to all older people from the age of 75 as a basis for further assessing and enabling their continuing independence. The research team highlighted that these structured visits, established in Denmark in 1998, improved mortality and functionality among older people as well as reducing both care and hospital admissions.