Having a GP who understands the role and needs of an unpaid family Carer is a huge help alongside the back-up of support services provided by a well led GP practice.
The 2015 Carer awards are now open and we are asking all family Carers to nominate their GP’s and GP Practices if they feel they are being recognised and supported in their role as an unpaid Carer.
These awards not only allow Carers to voice their feelings and share their experiences through their nominations but are helpful in raising awareness of good practice and in encouraging GPs and their practices to look at ways to improve the support they offer to family Carers.
The 2015 awards are now underway with nomination forms in all surgeries and the ‘winners’ will be announced at the Carers Rights Day on 27 November 2015.
Over the last twelve months there has been a significant increase in the registrations of Carers through the Practices. Hilary Lewis from HCS believes that the depth of understanding of the issues facing Carers and the benefits of registration has come about largely due to the work undertaken by the Carers Leads, who have taken a central role of championing Carers within the Practices where they work. All 24 practices in Herefordshire have a Carers Lead in place, and they have been consistently working with HCS to establish and promote a systematic approach to supporting Carers.
For further information or support please contact Hilary, after 2pm Monday – Friday on 01432 356068/ 07880381539/ firstname.lastname@example.org or speak with your Practice Carers Lead to discuss this in more detail.
2015 NOMINATIONS ARE NOW OPEN!
The Herefordshire Carers Support (HCS) GP and GP Practice Awards are now going into their third year and are proving their worth by providing Carers throughout the County with the opportunity to describe the support they are receiving from their GP’s and their Practice Teams via the nomination form.
When the Awards started in 2013 their aim was not only to allow Carers the opportunity to nominate their GP’s but also to raise awareness of Carers in GP Practices in the County and highlight their support needs.
From the questions asked in last year’s Awards we have found from the Carers who chose to nominate that their role as a Carer is acknowledged, that GP’s were respecting their role and treating them as a partner in the care that their cared for needed, that information was readily available on Carers Support within the practice waiting rooms and that they were signposted to HCS as their local Carers Organisation.
Identifying Carers and supporting them before a crisis can occur can help to relieve the pressures and prevent the breakdown in care which can often be a result of a Carers own health failing and then result in 24 hour care or hospitalisation of the person they care for.
We will shortly be sending out nomination forms and posters for the 2015 Awards to all carers on our database and to the Carers Leads in all GP Practices in Herefordshire to once again highlight the needs of Carers and allow GP’s and their Practices to be rewarded for their continued work in supporting Carers.
One of our new projects this year is to pilot Carers Prescriptions where a GP would on identifying a Carer in the practice give them a ‘Carers Prescription’ directly signposting them to HCS to register for Carers Support, more news will be available as we gather results on the Pilot.
You can download a copy of the nomination form here or call the office to request a copy be posted to you. All nominations are to be returned to: FREEPOST RTGA-ELYH-SXHA, Herefordshire Carers Support, Bath Street, HEREFORD, HR1 EHE by Friday 30 October 2015.
For further information please contact Hilary Lewis on 01432 356068 or email email@example.com.
Huge thanks to Green Cow Kitchens who are this year’s sponsor for our GP and GP Surgery Awards. They are an intimate restaurant based on Whitbourne Estate on the border of Herefordshire and Worcestershire. It is open to the public every Friday and Saturday evening but is available for private bookings any time subject to availability. The restaurants mission is to use high quality, seasonal ingredients and meat grown ourselves by the farm on which we are based. They aim to inspire our diners to try different types of food with sophisticated set menus and interesting canapés.
We asked GP, Mark Waters what winning the GP Award and supporting Carers means to him…
“I feel absolutely humbled to have been offered this recognition by Carers. It feels completely natural to work with patients, their families and Carers, and I am very conscious of the incredible commitment and effort put in by Carers, often for many years. Supporting Carers is an essential part of treating the person who is ill and in need of care – and the work of Herefordshire Carers Support has been a huge help in raising awareness, and providing practical support.
Like many other surgeries in the county, Cantilupe Surgery keeps a record of Carers to highlight the needs that people have when they have a caring role. The whole team is very committed to identifying and supporting Carers as part of the holistic approach we aim to offer.”
GP, Mark Waters of Cantilupe Surgery.