The Herbert Protocol Missing Person Incident Form

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Cited: www.westyorkshire.police.uk/dementia/herbert-protocol

A national scheme being introduced by West Yorkshire Police and other agencies which encourages carers to compile useful information which could be used in the event of a vulnerable person going missing.

Carers, family members and friends can complete in advance, a form recording all vital details, such as medication required, mobile numbers, places previously located, a photograph etc.  In the event of your family member or friend going missing, the form can be easily sent or handed to the police to reduce the time taken in gathering this information.

The Herbert Protocol initiative is named after George Herbert, a War veteran of the Normandy landings, who lived with dementia.

Click here to download the form (MS Word)

Click here to download the form (Adobe PDF)

Read our Frequently Asked Questions about the form

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£100 donation from Weobley lunch club

Carer Gary receiving the cheque.

Carer Gary receiving the cheque.

The donation of £100 was passed to us at yesterday’s Weobley Carers’ group by Sue McLean, who is the volunteer who runs the Weobley lunch club.

They have really good attendance of and raise funds for charity via the raffle.

As Carer Gary attends the lunch club he suggested that the past year’s proceeds should come to Herefordshire Carers Support so it can be used towards costs for the Weobley Carers group.

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Best Practice – Young Carers in Schools Young Carers Services toolkit

Young Carers in Schools Young Carers Services toolkit

We are delighted to announce the imminent release of the Young Carers in Schools (YCiS) Young Carers Services toolkit.

It contains essential tools, templates and guidance for:

  • Services that already work closely with schools – enabling you to strengthen relationships with school staff, respond to the latest changes in the school system, and showcase achievements at an England-wide level.
  • Services that are developing their local school engagement activities  making the development and delivery of effective local school engagement work easier than ever so that you can maximise impact in your local area.
  • Services that do not currently have the capacity to engage directly with school staff – making securing funding as easy as possible and enabling you to implement simple, time-minimal actions to signpost schools to England wide support in the meantime.

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‘Borrowed time’ to save social care system from collapse

A new report from Age UK has concluded that we are living on borrowed time to save the social care system for older people.

  • Statistics in the report highlight the immense challenges facing older people needing support, with 1 in 8 over 65s now living with unmet care needs
  • Failing care system has created a major burden for hospitals and family members
  • Age UK demands that the Government commits funds in the Spring Budget to avoid ‘imminent danger’

Immense challenges for social care

The report, ‘The Health and Care of Older People in England 2017’ draws on new statistics as well as new Age UK analysis.

It demonstrates the immense challenges facing older people who need care, the numbers of whom increase every day, and the impact of the failure to provide it on their health and wellbeing, as well as the NHS.

The Health and Care of Older People in England 2017 (2MB)

More and more people with complex unmet care needs

There are now nearly 1.2 million people aged 65+ who don’t receive the care and support they need with essential daily living activities. This represents 1 in 8 older people in the entire population: a 17.9 per cent increase on last year and a 48 per cent increase since 2010.

Worryingly, the report suggests that however tough things are now they threaten to get a lot worse over the next few years for a number of reasons which the report details.

Increased pressure on hospitals and carers

The social care crisis described in the report is also creating a significant burden for other forms of support.

People are waiting longer to be discharged from hospital, putting more pressure on hospital resources and capacity and leading to increased spending. Waits for residential care have also increased.

More people are also providing unpaid care for a loved one, especially older people themselves. People are also caring at greater levels of intensity than in the past and meeting increasingly complex needs. There are now over two million carers aged 65 and over, yet nearly two thirds of these carers have a health condition or disability themselves.

“The Government has tried to prop up older people’s social care in three ways: through financial transfers from the NHS, a social care precept in local areas, and by calling on families and friends to do more. Unfortunately our analysis shows there are problems with all three approaches, which in any event are not enough to make up for the chronic shortfall in public funds.”  – Caroline Abrahams, Charity Director at Age UK

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Author: Age UK | Published on 16 February 2017 12:01 AM

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CQC older people’s campaign – Worked up? Speak up!

Research has shown that older people (aged 65 and over) are less likely to complain about their services and are less aware of the different ways they can share their views. The CQC want to reach older people with care needs and their carers of all ages and encourage them to share their experience of care.

This campaign is not limited to CQC regulated services.

The CQC are asking for a commitment to encourage older people and their carers of all ages to share their experience of care.

During the campaign from 6 to 12 March, it would be great if you could spread this campaign via social media. If you’re interested in spreading this campaign, get in touch and we can provide CQC’s suggested tweets and graphics.

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Carers Toolkit campaign

Carers Toolkit campaign aims to get Clinical Commissioning Groups (CCGs) to do more to identify carers, by using the Toolkit provided to them by NHS England in 2016. Not enough people in an unpaid caring role are identified as carers.

This means carers go without:

  • the support they need, which then puts carers’ own health and wellbeing at risk.
  • it can also lead to avoidable admissions into and delayed discharge out of hospitals.

We all know about the pressures on hospitals. Recent research has shown that carers are more likely to have a long term health condition than people not in a caring role.

We also know that most carers say their caring role has had a negative impact on their health. This puts their own wellbeing at risk and could have an impact on the person (or people) they care for. The NHS and social care services are likely to be impacted too as they could be called upon to provide unplanned care.

Identifying and supporting carers is part of the solution to the pressures the wider health and social care systems are under. By supporting carers to look after their own health and wellbeing, we can help carers to continue in their caring role for as long they want to.  This can only happen if carers are identified and supported.

Take action and write to our local CCG.


DIFFICULT TIMES AHEAD FOR HEREFORDSHIRE’S CARERS

Council put on their website on Thursday 18 January (with no prior warning to anyone affected) that they are making major cuts to services for Carers for the 2017/2018 year that begins on 1 April 2017.

The effect of this for Herefordshire Carers Support is that the Council intends to cut our funding by half from £275,000 to £137,000 for the coming year. And worse, they say future years will see even more reductions, with the Council expecting Carers to replace this support with self-help, self-management and volunteering.

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SCHOOL EXCLUSIONS AND PUPIL REFERRAL UNITS/ ALTERNATIVE PROVISION

BBC Radio 4 is making a documentary about school exclusions and alternative provision, sometimes known as pupil referral units – schools for kids who have been removed from mainstream.  

During our research, a number of issues have cropped up.

We want to get in touch with any parent carers who are concerned by what they see as repeated or inappropriate use of restraint or physical intervention on children attending PRUs/ AP schools.

We are also hoping to speak with parent carers who feel their child was unfairly removed from school, either through exclusion or through a ‘managed move’ that the family felt was unfair or inappropriate.

No one will make this decision for you. It is up to you if you want to get in touch. These are very important issues and it would be very kind of you if you could help us tell this story. 

If you want more information, you can speak to the programme producer Alys Harte in complete confidence on 07912583640 or via alys.harte@bbc.co.uk.

Kind regards, The NNPCF Steering Group

National Network of Parent Carer Forums (NNPCF)

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8th SEND survey highlights report now available

The highlights report of the 8th Department for Education SEND survey of parent carer forums and local authorities have been published on 31 January 2017.

123 of the 150 parent carer forums responded, the highest rate yet, and 70% of all local areas reported that the local authority and parent carer forum had either completed the survey together or had shared their responses with each other. Read about the Local Authorities highlights in the DfE’s January 2017 Newsletter and the parent carer forum highlights report.

Contact a Family, the National Network of Parent Carer Forums and the DfE will be working together to produce three more surveys over the next 18 months, and these will follow a similar format to the autumn 2016 survey. The next surveys will be launched at the beginning of May 2017, and close at the end of that month.

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DIFFICULT TIMES AHEAD FOR HEREFORDSHIRE’S CARERS – HAVE YOUR SAY

Some of you who are very eagle-eyed may have seen a notice that the Council put on their website on Thursday 18 January (with no prior warning to anyone affected) that they are making major cuts to services for Carers for the 2017/2018 year that begins on 1 April 2017.have-your-say

The effect of this for Herefordshire Carers Support is that the Council intends to cut our funding by half from £275,000 to £137,000 for the coming year. And worse, they say future years will see even more reductions, with the Council expecting Carers to replace this support with self-help, self-management and volunteering.

To help us urgently to make the best case for proper funding for Carer support, please contact us via email or phone 01432 356068 to tell us specifically how Herefordshire Carers Support helps you so we can pass this on to decision makers.

More information is available in the attached document and within the Risk Assessment paper.

Published 31 January 2017.

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Young Carer Awareness Day

26 January 2017 is a national day of recognition for the UK’s 700,000 young carers.

We want Young Carers Awareness Day (or YCAD) 2017 to be a day where everyone recognises the challenges that young carers face.

Herefordshire Young Carers video 2016 – “Why we come to Young Carers and what it means to me”

To find out more about what we do to support Young Carers across Herefordshire visit our Young Carers website.

Young Carer quiz answers.

Refer a Young Carer today

Young Carer Summer Trip to Oaker Wood

Young Carer Summer Trip to Oaker Wood

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