National Carers strategy

CALL FOR EVIDENCE – WHY HAS THE GORVENMENT ASKED TO HEAR FROM CARERS? 

The government is developing a new strategy for Carers, setting out how they can do more to improve support to them. The new strategy will be one which reflects Carers lives now, the health and financial concerns they have, and gives them the support they need to live well whilst caring for a family member or friend.

Informal carers (also called unpaid carers) are people who look after family members, friends, neighbours or others because of long-term physical or mental ill health or disability, or care needs related to old age. This does not include any activities as part of paid employment.

Carers freely give their time and energy to support friends or family members and many rightly take pride in providing essential support for those close to them. Caring for others should not be to the detriment of the Carer’s own health and wellbeing and Carers can receive support in a number of ways – including from social services, the NHS, or the benefit system.

To help the government  develop the strategy, they want to hear from Carers, those who have someone care for them, business, social workers, NHS staff and other professionals that support Carers.

They are asking a simple question but it can have a lot of different answers how can we improve support for Carers – what are the top things that matter to you as a Carer? 

  1. Have you received help or support to improve this issue – if so where did this support come from and how did it help?
  2. Are there specific ways of providing support for Carers on this issue that you have found helpful, or would find helpful?
  3. If you have yet to receive help or support on this issue what would make the difference in getting this issue addressed?

The Department of Health would also be keen to hear if there are specific ways of supporting Carers in the following areas that you have found helpful, or would find helpful in the future?

  • Challenges faced by Carers e.g physical and mental and work and/or educational opportunities
  • Identifying Carers:
  • Providing information and advice
  • Services and other formal support for young Carers and adult Carers e.g. Carers assessment, Carers allowance, NHS support services etc
  • Valuing and involving Carers in services to the person they care for
  • Supporting working Carers and ensuring a life outside caring

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How can we improve support for carers?

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Overview

Informal carers (also called unpaid carers) are people who look after family members, friends, neighbours or others because of long-term physical or mental ill health or disability, or care needs related to old age. This does not include any activities as part of paid employment.

Carers freely give their time and energy to support friends or family members and many rightly take pride in providing essential support for those close to them. Caring for others should not be to the detriment of the carer’s own health and wellbeing and carers can receive support in a number of ways – including from social services, the NHS, or the benefit system.

We think that we need a new strategy for carers setting out how we can do more. One which reflects their lives now, the health and financial concerns they have, and gives them the support they need to live well whilst caring for a family member or friend.

To help us develop the strategy, we want to hear from carers, those who have someone care for them, business, social workers, NHS staff and other professionals that support carers.

Survey closes 30 June 2016

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