Introduction by Dr Sheila Marsh who recently became the Chair of Herefordshire Carers Support.
She thanked everyone for coming and giving up their time especially Carers who had made all the necessary arrangements to enable them to be present. She also acknowledged all the Carers who were unable to be at the day including our previous Chair Janet Fellows due to their own ill health or difficult caring responsibilities.
Sheila reminded us that the purpose of Carers Rights Day was to make the links with national policy and local implementation.
Key note speech by Baroness Jill Pitkeathley, Patron of Herefordshire Carers Support
It has been an extraordinarily dramatic year with Brexit, the election of President Elect Trump and Leicester winning the Championship!
There was very good news at the start of the year when we managed to get Carers exempted from the proposals to put a cap on the amount of benefits a household could receive but following that there was not much cheerful news to report.
The Carers Strategy has still not been published and is not now expected until next Spring.
The state of social care is giving widespread concern and there has been disappointment that in spite of pleas from Local Authorities, Health bodies, Voluntary sector organisations and politicians of all colours and persuasions, the Chancellor has allocated no new funds to social care and in fact had not even mentioned it.
Joint presentation from Martin Samuels Director of Adults and Wellbeing, Jo Davidson Director of Childrens Wellbeing (both Herefordshire Council) and Simon Hairsnape Accountable Officer for the Clinical Commissioning Group. Read more.
GP Awards judged from the nominations made by Carers
GP AWARD Winner: Dr A Johnson from Much Birch surgery
Highly Commended: Dr Dua Dr R and Dr O Penny, and Dr Leeman
GP Practice Awards judged through a set of standards and nominations from Carers
GP PRACTICE AWARD Winner: Weobley and Staunton-on-Wye
Highly Commended: Westfields, Pendeen, Much Birch and The Marches in special recognition of Fay Ladd’s work.
Schools Award judged through a set of standards and nominations from Young Carers
Bronze Award: Hereford Academy
Silver Award: Eardisley Primary & Wigmore High School
Gold Award: Weobley High School
Dr Sheila Marsh closed the day with thanks to all the contributors and the HCS team. She remarked that if everyone went home with just a smile on their face from days such as Carers Rights Day that we had probably failed to do our job which is to keep pushing the challenging issues and to keep the recognition of the contribution made by Carers as high as possible.